Rumor Mill: AMD Preps Launch of Athlon II in June

Built on 45nm and with support for DDR2/DDR3 memory

Sunnyvale, California-based AMD has reportedly rescheduled the launch of its new affordable quad-core and triple-core computer processors, designed on the company's new 45nm process technology. These chips are supposed to come to the market under the brand name of Athlon II and become available sometime in the August-September timeframe. However, the chip maker is expected to officially roll out the new dual-core Athlon II X2 microprocessors sometime in June, during the Computex trade-show in Taiwan.

AMD, currently the world's second largest maker of x86 microprocessors, is expected to release its new CPUs, codenamed Propus and Rana, in the August-September timeframe. These new products will be out roughly around the same time as the company's new mainstream desktop platform, codenamed Pisces. According to earlier reports, the chip maker was planning to release the Propus and Rana microprocessors in April this year, while the dual-core Regor chips were scheduled to be launched in June.

The Propus microprocessors will roll out as part of AMD's Athlon II X4 600 series of desktop processors, boasting a quad-core configuration and offering support for dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory. In addition, these new quad-core CPUs will be available with 2MB of L2 cache (512KB per each core). The Athlon II X3 400 series, codenamed Rana, will be available as new triple-core products with DDR2/DDR3 memory controllers (depending on the platform) and with 1.5MB of L2 cache. Finally, the company's new dual-core offerings, codenamed Regor, will be part of the AMD Athlon II X2 200 series and boast 1MB of L2 cache per core and support for DDR2 and DDR3 memory, depending on the platform.

Aside from these new Athlon II chips, the manufacturer also plans to launch the dual-core Callisto chip, slated for a June launch. This will become available as the highly anticipated AMD Phenom II X2 processors, boasting L3 cache and 45nm manufacturing technology.

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