The Phenom range now has a “Black Edition”. While being highlighted as AMD’s fastest dual-core desktop processor to date, at 3.2 GHz, the Phenom II X2 555 is aimed “at budget-conscious consumer’s Microsoft Windows 7 system platform”.
One to note: AMD has announced eight new Athlon II processors, majoring on low power consumption, making them suitable for “sleek desktop PC designs and attractive price points,” states the company.
Intel has made clear its intentions to develop Atom processor-based system-on-chip devices for digital TVs and set-top boxes, writes Richard Wilson.
File the quad-core 45nm chips under the Clarksfield range, which means they bring the underlying Nehalem microarchitecture to the mobile market.
AMD is boasting the first sub-$100 Quad-Core CPU with the release of the Athlon II X4 (dubbed a “budget Phenom II X4″ by one reviewer).
Reading a bit more Intel’s Westmere debvelopments I came across this handy slide for reference.
Bringing its 45nm Hi-k Nehalem microarchitecture to mainstream desktops and entry server markets, the set comprises: two Core i7 chips, a Core i5, and six Xeon 3400 series.