The answer is $34, which addresses the question of what price AMD's new socketed "Kabini" APUs will debut at. There's also the cost of the motherboard to factor in, so add another $25 to $35. As to when you'll be able to buy these new parts, AMD today announced the global availability of its AM1 platform featuring its quad-core and dual-core Sempron and Athlon APU lineup based on Kabini.
You're officially old school if you're still swinging a single-core CPU. AMD's Sempron chips are some of the last of a dying breed, and even though the Sunnyvale chip maker is fully invested in its E-Series and A-Series accelerated processing units (APUs) and upcoming Bulldozer architecture, the company is still planning to shuffle Sempron chips into its lineup for the foreseeable future.
There's a rumor floating around that AMD will soon bury its Athlon, Phenom, and Sempron brand names, just as the chip maker did with its Radeon brand a few months ago. According to XbitLabs, which claims to have seen a document detailing the change, AMD plans to divide its upcoming Llano and Zambezi processor lines into different classes of its Vision platforms, which will be designated by FX-series, A-series, and E-series instead of Athlon, Phenom, and Sempron.
In this landscape of multi-core chips, including hexa-core parts from both Intel and AMD, apparently there's still a market for pokey single-core parts. Just ask AMD, who plans on releasing a new Semporn chip -- the Sempron 150 -- in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Destined for the bargain bin, the Sempron 150 will come built around a 45nm manufacturing process and run at 2.9GHz. it will also boast 1MB of cache.
Like other Sargas-based Semprons, the 150 will support DDR3-1066 and slip into AM3 boards/sockets.
No word yet on how much this upcoming budget chip will cost.