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AMD desktop rejig: six-core 'Thuban' set for Q2 2010?

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AMD is reported to have rejiggered its phase-out and phase-in plans for various members of its Phenom II and Athlon II processor lines.

According to a report on Monday by the Taiwanese market-watchers at DigiTimes, "sources at motherboard makers" say that AMD has stopped taking orders for the 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 910 and 3.0GHz 945, and will stop shipping those processors entirely in the second quarter of 2010.

In addition, sources say, AMD will end orders for the 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 965 and 2.8GHz 925 processors in Q1 2010, while orders for the 3.2GHz 955 are scheduled to come to a close in Q2, with a 95W version of the 955 to be added to the lineup in Q2 2010.

The DigiTimes sources also add that AMD will "stop taking orders for several Phenom II X4 800, X3 700, X2 500, Athlon II X4 600, X3 400 series CPUs next year, leaving the Phenom II X4 820, Phenom II X3 740 and Phenom II X2 550 in its lineup," plus add an 80W Phenom II X2 555 in Q4 2009, and a 95W Athlon II X4 640 and 95W Athlon II X2 445 in Q2 2010.

Rounding out the AMD rumor-fest is the purported introduction of a six-core desktop processor codenamed Thuban, said to be scheduled for release in Q2 2010. This 45nm, 2.8GHz part is reported to be set for the company's Socket AM3, and to have 6MB of L3 cache.

When asked for comment on the DigiTimes report, an AMD spokesperson told The Reg: "We do not comment on rumor or speculations…and this is very much rumor and speculation." ®

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