AMD is introducing a dual-core 64 bits solution for the consumer and professional market. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core are designed for desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks and promise performance improvements of up to 80 percent on some digital media and productivity applications compared to single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors.
The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor will be supported by OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) including Acer, Alienware, HP and Lenovo.
AMD expects its new processor to deliver more performance as multi-threaded applications continue to spread from the server to the client and consumer markets. The company says that performance benchmarks have already yielded powerful results. Digital media applications can see an average of a 34 percent increase compared to similar single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors, while overall productivity benchmark results can see a 22 percent average increase.
The new dual-core processor directly connects two cores on a single die, improving overall system performance and efficiency and helping to eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side-bus architecture. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor is designed to deliver the performance of a multi-core processor with the same 939-pin infrastructure as the single-core AMD Athlon 64 processors, requiring only a BIOS upgrade.
For platform manufacturers, this means the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor can eliminate the time and expense involved in redesigning components, which represent savings then passed on to their customers. Systems builders can also have readily available parts to build their branded products without disruption. Digital media enthusiasts will see the infrastructure benefits carry over to performance benefits, especially as multi-tasking takes hold of consumer PC end users.
The availability of the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor follows the introduction of the dual-core AMD Opteron. AMD will be showcasing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors at Computex and is making the new processor available for manufacturers now.