AMD 'to bring forward' Socket AM2 launch

CPUs, chipsets and mobos ready to go, apparently

AMD has reportedly rescheduled the release of its Socket AM2 platform, bringing forward the launch date from 6 June to 23 May, the better it seems to get as much of a lead on Intel's next-generation architecture processor, 'Conroe', as possible.

According to a DailyTech report citing Taiwanese motherboard and chipset makers, AMD has told its customers Socket AM2 will launch a week after its unveils its energy efficient processor line-up and pricing.

A week later, on 31 May, systems based on AMD's Live! specification - the company's answer to Intel's Viiv platform - will become available, the report adds. Live! was announced in January and will centre on AMD's dual-core desktop and notebook chips, though the latter have yet to launch - presumably they'll debut alongside Live!.

AMD's energy efficient processor family is expected to include dual- and single-core Athlon 64 and Sempron desktop chips with TDPs of 65W and 35W. ®

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