AMD Updates Phenom, Adds 4 Quad-Core Chips

Semiconductor company will ship triple-core chips, too
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 4:26 PM CDT
Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz.   (AP Photo/Advanced Micro Devices, ho)
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(Newser) – Semiconductor company AMD has revealed updates to its Phenom line and will launch four quad-core chips that “can improve performance for gaming and multi-threaded applications,” the company says. The California firm also said it would ship triple-core processors, which CNet reports is a first for the PC market, CNet reports.

AMD was especially proud of one new chip, deeming the Phenom X4 9100e “the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.” The new processor never operates above 65 watts.