New AMD Quad-Core Athlon II Chip Priced Below $100
AMD is rolling out its first quad-core Athlon II processor at a price of $99 for system builders. The processor is part of AMD's Mainstream Desktop Platform that combines both the computing chip and graphics capabilities from AMD's ATI business. The rollout comes a day after iSuppli said that rival Intel had increased its lead over AMD in the global microprocessor market, in part because of AMD lowering the average price on its chips in the second quarter.Advanced Micro Devices has rolled out a quad-core desktop chip for system builders priced at $99. AMD announced the pricing for the 2.6GHz Athlon II X4 processors Sept. 16. Combining the processor with the 785G chip set, which includes ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics capabilities, brings the cost to about $170.
AMD officials touted the energy efficiency of the 45-nanometer processor platform and how the graphics capabilities-through DirectX 10.1 and ATI Stream technology-will support a fuller experience for users of Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system.