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AMD launches energy efficient chips

Tash Shifrin

Chip manufacturer AMD has launched a range of energy efficient processors to allow manufacturers to produce smaller desktop machines that consume less power.

The energy efficient Athlon 64 X2 dual-core, Athlon 64 and Sempron processors provide improved performance-per-watt compared with standard processors.

The move is aimed at helping desktop PC manufacturers produce more energy efficient machines for business users, who are increasingly concerned about power use and energy costs. The energy efficient chips also allow for smaller, sleeker machines to be built for the consumer market.

AMD’s announcement follows the launch of a low-power processor designed for server blades, storage devices and telecoms equipment by its rival Intel in March.

AMD said its energy efficient processors could provide up to 37% greater performance-per-watt than standard power AMD processors, while the energy efficient version of the small form factor Athlon 64 X2 dual-core desktop processor could offer up to 154% greater performance-per-watt.

A machine fitted with an energy efficient dual-core processor, running a typical workload, would consume 14 watts, AMD said.

The new processors will be available this month.


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