AMD preps Appalbred as Duron heir

Not ignoring Celeron market

AMD will shortly ship a new low-end processor, codenamed 'Appalbred', the successor to the Duron.

So claims Eastern European web site AMD.com.ua, citing "reliable sources in AMD" as the basis for its report.

Appalbred will initially ship in three forms: 1400, 1600 and 1800, priced at $32, $39 and $47, respectively.

AMD.com.ua is "supported by" Austrian electronics distributor Chi Electronics, which numbers AMD among its suppliers, so it should know what the chip maker is up to.

AMD's official price list contains just two desktop Durons, at 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz, priced at $39 and $44, respectively. If the Appalbred information is correct, it would indeed appear to be a Duron replacement - or at least a new core for the old brand.

Motherboards that will support Appalbred include offerings from MSI, ECS, Asus, Asrock, Shuttle, Biostar, Gigabyte and FSI.

Appalbred-compatible chipsets include a number of 266MHz frontside bus parts, suggesting that that's what Appalbred operates at. ®