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AMD sends Durons to emerging markets

Advanced Micro Devices has released three Duron chips for low-end desktops aimed at price-conscious buyers.

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Advanced Micro Devices has released three Duron chips for low-end desktops aimed at price-conscious buyers.

AMD is targeting emerging markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and Duron chips are in demand from system builders, an AMD spokeswoman said.

There are three versions of the chip at 1.4GHz, 1.6GHz, and 1.8GHz. The Durons are built on a new core with a 266MHz front-side bus, an improvement on the 200MHz front side bus in older Durons. The chip was also built on AMD's 130-nanometer process technology, while older Durons were built on 180-nanometer process technology.

AMD will make the chips available through systems builders worldwide, but most of the demand will come from emerging markets, the spokeswoman said. The new Durons will only be available in quantities of 1,000 processors through distributors such as Avnet.

AMD is expected to launch the Athlon 64 processor on 23 September in San Francisco. One of the first 64-bit processors released for desktops, the Athlon 64, will appeal to high-end gamers and some workstation users.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG news Service

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