AMD has confirmed the future release of its Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and duel-core Turions.
On May 9, AMD will release its first batch of duel-core Turions 64 mobile processors, which will include 7 chips with clock speeds ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.2GHz. The processor will also be accompanied by low-voltage variants. The company separately confirmed the existence of another upcoming processor, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+.
According to DigiTimes, a local news service in Taiwan, AMD plans to price the new processors aggressively in order to grab market share from Intel. Sources also claim that these actions could spark a price war.
With the Centrino notebook being overwhelmingly dominant, AMD has found it difficult to launch successive platforms in this domain. This AMD however, may have a chance to breakthrough in both markets. With a cheaper price than its competitors, buyers might be more attracted especially with features such as 64-bit processing and dual-core technology.
According to DigiTimes, Intel is planning on laying down price cuts between 13 and 50 per cent for its dual-core processors in April with further price cuts scheduled in for the third quarter.
So in essence, the first dual-core price war could be soon upon us.