AMD extends 64-bit feature to Sempron processors

Sunnyvale (CA) - AMD today announced the availability of Sempron processors with 64-bit extensions for entry-level desktop computers. Five new processors match Intel's Celeron D product line, which received a 64-bit upgrade at the end of June.

With Intel pushing 64-bit capability throughout its processor line and urging developers to shift their efforts to 64-bit applications, AMD has to make sure it is not falling behind. A little over a week ago, its competitor introduced five new Celeron D models with 64-bit extensions. New Sempron processors catch up with Intel's announcement and expand AMD's 64-bit processor line to the low-end segment of the desktop processor market.

The new 64-bit Semprons are available in 2600+, 2800+, 3000+, 3100+, and 3300+ versions and will be offered parallel to the 32-bit versions of the processor. While Intel decided to distinguish its 64-bit Celeron chips from the 32-bit parts with a slightly different sequence number (3x6), AMD's 64-bit Semprons can only be identified by a different ordering part number (OPN).

AMD did not say when Sempron chips will be available in computers in the US, but mentioned that Lenovo has begun offering 64-bit-enabled AMD Sempron processor systems in China today. Pricing for the new processors is set at $74 (2600+), $83 (2800+), $98 (3000+), $113 (3100+), and $140 (3300+).

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