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AMD Announces New Low-End Processor Line

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the nomenclatura dept.

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beaverbrother points out these articles at CoolTechZone and PC Magazine, writing "AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is slated to launch a new Sempron line of processors this summer, to compete with Intel's Celeron line. The processors are designed to perform basic tasks, such as word processing, and more advanced tasks, like playing video, with ease."

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Sempron... (4, Funny)

Ianoo (711633) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371771)

The processors are designed to perform basic tasks, such as word processing, and more advanced tasks, like playing video, with ease."
So... all tasks, with ease?

Re:Sempron... (4, Funny)

Rodrin (729362) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371785)

Nah, notice how they carefully left p0rn out.

Re:Sempron... (5, Funny)

Stoutlimb (143245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371961)

Are you sure they left pr0n out of the semPRON?

Re:Sempron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372093)

Who's got a boil on his semprini then?

Re:Sempron... (5, Insightful)

psyco484 (555249) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371791)

All tasks not requiring screaming fast processors. This is not for servers or gamers, it's for the other 75% of the PC market.

Re:Sempron... (3, Funny)

ExTycho (218077) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371795)

or you could just use a old duron 1.3ghz and save yourself 100, for those extremely processor intensive word documents!

Re:Sempron... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371831)

Or you just learn how to use proper grammar and spelling. That way, you don't put a load on the CPU.

I think what it implies is: (5, Insightful)

reality-bytes (119275) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371819)

What they're getting at is that its designed for basic functionality like your word-process and your basic video decoding.

What this processor is probably not aimed at is high end video encoding/transcoding - 3D (openGL or DirectX) gaming or high-load server processing.

Re:I think what it implies is: (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372012)

Isn't gaming more GPU bound?

(I agree with you on the other two though)

Re:I think what it implies is: (3, Interesting)

vivek7006 (585218) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372088)

I do video encoding using Duron 1.3 Ghz. I can rip and encode a whole DVD movie in about 4-6 Hrs. These new processors will be definetely faster than a Duron 1.3Ghz, which IMHO is fast enuf.

Re:Sempron... (5, Insightful)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371824)

Unfortunately, it seems that consumers are only able to keep track of one or two processor family names per manufacturer. Intel: Pentium/Celeron, Apple/Motorola: G4/G5, AMD: Athlon/Duron. Though the marketing people try hard, the Centrinos and Semperons are destined to become forgotten, no matter what their architectural/price advantages.

Re:Sempron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371895)

Good point. Any word processor that doesn't run well on modern cpu's is a piece of crap.

Where do they get these names? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371777)

Sempron? More like WIMPRON! HAHAHAHA! Seriously, though, any ideas? Maybe I should RTFA...

Re:Where do they get these names? (5, Funny)

sploo22 (748838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371990)

Maybe I should RTFA...

NOOOO! Don't do it! Just imagine the chaos if EVERYBODY clicked that link at the same time. We might even crash the server!

*shudders at the thought*

Yes but... (5, Funny)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371779)

Will they overhead and melt down like the Celeron processors? Without this feature I doubt they will be able to effectively compete with the Celeron.

Re:Yes but... (3, Funny)

Professor S. Brown (780963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371912)

If you meant over[b]heat[/b], then In a word, yes. I tried some last week, and they were absolutely abominable. All of mine were put to use integrating a Dirac pulse that was picked up by my satellite dish. Almost immediately they overheated, all the capacitors exploded and a diode changed direction and everything.

Re:Yes but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371965)

If you meant over[b]heat[/b]

Slash isn't UBB, you know. [blah][/blah] should be reserved for mongoloids, and rightly so.

Re:Yes but... (1, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371916)

"Will they overhead and melt down like the Celeron processors? Without this feature I doubt they will be able to effectively compete with the Celeron."

Given that, unlike AMD processors, Intel CPUs have a thermal regulator in them, I dont get the joke. I've seen Athlon chips barf their guts out across a motherboard when the heatsink fell off (plastic clip broke off in a tower), but a Celeron should just crash in that case or a P4 will just reduce its clock speed. In fact even the newer 64 bit AMD chips lack a thermal cut out on the chip, but at least (at LONG last) they have it on the motherboard.

Note to the Jihad, I am not anti AMD or pro Intel. I like and use both, I just wish that AMD would spend more time on things like this and clock locking rather then pushing for higher speeds. Both platforms are "fast enough" for now.

Re:Yes but... (4, Interesting)

MoronGames (632186) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371976)

Standard Socket A boards (Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron) are also able to halt the system or produce an error noise once a certain temperature is reached. This applies to all nForce 2 chipsets, and KTxxx chipsets. I am unsure about others.

Re:Yes but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372085)

"...or produce an error noise..."

Is that a sort of pop noise followed by crackling?

Re:Yes but... (1, Informative)

plj (673710) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372109)

Well, system halting is good, but or produce error noice? If the heatsink has fallen completely off you've hardly started to hear that error beep when the CPU core has already permanently damaged.

It'd be really interesting to know, what option applies in which case!

Re:Yes but... (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372147)

I know for a fact that the KT133 had no such feature. I dont know about newer ones since I gave up on VIA when it turned out that you couldn't use a SCSI card and a PS/2 mouse at the same time.

Re:Yes but... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372035)

"fast enough"?

You apparently don't do CAD or rendering or animation or FEA..... Processors today are far from "fast enough". People in these industries and several others will always want and need faster processors. Even when we hit something equivalent to a 10GHz processor will you not hear one of us proclaiming my computer is "too fast". I'll be able to get my job done faster, but I'll still be able to bring it to a crawl.

are these really cheaper to produce? (3, Insightful)

Moonpie Madness (764217) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371781)

or are they just filling in a perceived niche? id buy these for sure if they are really cheaper than older durons are (really cheap)...

Re:are these really cheaper to produce? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371928)

"are these really cheaper to produce?"

Yes because of higher yeilds and lower yeilds of highend processors. Less transistors than flagship products. More CPU's per sheet compared to flagship chips. The list goes on.

"... are they just filling in a perceived niche?"

Yes that too. AMD is not making hand over fist profits on their 64 bit chips.

ping

Duron? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371782)

So it's like a Duron, but with an even sillier name?

Re:Duron? (1)

LinuxInDallas (73952) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371953)

I wonder where the marketing "geniuses" get the ideas for these things. Isn't semper latin for always? Maybe this processor is meant to be "always on."

Re:Duron? (2, Funny)

Josh Booth (588074) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372122)

Sempron sounds rather hard for English (myself included) speakers to pronounce. They'll probably say "semperon" instead, which seems more reasonable anyway since semper is Latin for always. Or they could just be blunt and call it "AllwaysOnium"

They dont work (-1, Troll)

Professor S. Brown (780963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371783)

They dont work. I tried one last week and it was no good, so i threw it away.

Intel are watching you... (0)

N3koFever (777608) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371784)

Is it coincidence that I got an Intel ad when I opened this story? I think not...

soundalike (4, Interesting)

7Ghent (115876) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371788)

So, the marketing strategy is that the new chip name sounds so similar that people will get confused and buy a Sempron when they meant to buy a Celeron?

Well, at least it sounds less like vegetable.

Re:soundalike (1)

0racle (667029) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372027)

Celeron, uh, celery is good for you. Or did I mean Celeron? Well all I know is I have one of them in a tower and the other in the fridge.

Sempron sounds like a drug that has those horrible side efects, like death, that are all on TV commercialls now. Zoloft, Nexium, Sempron.

Re:soundalike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372032)

Or maybe a Duron or an Athlon? Or Opteron?

I think you're reading too far into this.

Re:soundalike (5, Insightful)

jlp2097 (223651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372066)

No.
"semper" is latin for "always", "everytime", "ever".
"durus" means "enduring", "hard".

So the name suggests this being the successor of the Duron.

Re:soundalike (3, Funny)

7Ghent (115876) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372091)

So then wouldn't "Sempron" make a better name for a Viagra-like drug?

so... (5, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371789)

Big numbers on box with little actual performance, for people who want big numbers but don't really need a powerful computer(or have a clue, of course, if you're without a clue you don't really need a powerful computer so..)...

if it's a celeron competitor that is..

hopefully it'll be at least very affordable..

Whats with the -ron? (4, Interesting)

KRYnosemg33 (709857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371796)

Celeron, Duron, and now Sempron Am I missing something?

Re:Whats with the -ron? (4, Funny)

erucsbo (627371) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371867)

Hidden performance problems that surface later - like Enron?, or is it just that when the heavy calculations need to be done, the high end chips will say "see you later on" while these low end ones stagger on.

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372102)

And for the Asian customers... 'Athron'

Re:Whats with the -ron? (4, Funny)

flamelord (588383) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371878)

Sauron would work well.

I want a Sauron processor.

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0, Redundant)

j1m+5n0w (749199) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371911)

Am I the only one who thinks of celery every time I hear the name "celeron"? I don't have such an immediate word association with sempron, so I guess that's a good thing.

-jim

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371998)

I don't have such an immediate word association with sempron

sempron. As in pr0n, the l33T way to spell porn.

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372028)

Am I the only one who thinks of celery every time I hear the name "celeron"?

I get it!!! Celeron == Celery!! AHA HA HA HA HAAA!!! That's a good one! I never heard of that before! You're sooooo inciteful! Gosh! I wish I had your cunning wit!

Whew!!! Celer(y|on)... Man... What will you people think of next!

Re:Whats with the -ron? (1)

shakparl (750460) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371999)

Next models:

Enron - separate cache to onboard NICs, with hardcoded strong encryption for connections to DC lobbyist servers and whitehouse.gov, optimized for rapid electronic financial transactions. Unfortunately will obfuscate benchmark results.

Elron - optimized for multi-threaded usenet postings to facilitate religious subcultures. Special feature with software frontend to store user and group names in separate cache with support for specialized algorithms to scan and parse any potential dissent or criticism towards stored users and groups. Upon positive identification, immediately forks all processor resources towards parsing legal databases for obscure lawsuit keywords to use against critics.

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372009)

well.. semPRON.
it's suited for video and images apparently.

posted anon for fun.

Re:Whats with the -ron? (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372123)

New from K-Tel! The Dadooron cpu.

Brought it home on Monday and my heart stood still.
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron.
Loaded up this OS from a guy named Bill.
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron.
Whoa, my heart stood still.
Yeah, an OS from Bill.
And then I booted up my,
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron.

They knew what they were doin' when they caught my eye.
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron.
A really nifty box and lots of pie in the sky.
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron
Yeah, they caught my eye,
With all that pie in the sky.
And when I booted up my,
Dadooron ron ron, Dadooron ron.

But wait! Don't order yet. Call before midnight tonight and get a Moron XML4000 Ultra Plus with bluing for extra whiteness at no extra cost!

KFG

Re:Whats with the -ron? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372156)

I know it's not a match, but for a while there they were all sounding like Marathon, and this sounds like an evolution of that.

Bad name (5, Funny)

ebcdic (39948) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371805)

I feel sure this will immediately be spelt "sempr0n".

Re:Bad name (2, Funny)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371861)

In fact it already *has* been spelled sempr0n. Allow me to link [slashdot.org] you.

Sempron... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371807)

Hm.Sempr0n.

Sounds like something having to do with Marine porn.

Re:Sempron... (1)

wahsapa (767922) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372150)

iraqi prison abuse scandle maybe?

Whats up with these names?? (4, Funny)

jamesdood (468240) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371814)

I mean Sempron? Opteron, Xeon, maybe I would by a new processor when they come out with the Orgasmatron!

Re:Whats up with these names?? (1)

Hits_B (711969) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371841)

Sound like just another processor to avoid.

I wonder if I should trademark the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371868)

MOR-on processor before it's too late: the CPU optimized for AIM, flamewars, IRC, etc. etc. with a guarantee that you'll make the bash.org quote list in no time!

Re:Whats up with these names?? (4, Funny)

System.out.println() (755533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371881)

I was bored, so I Googled.... and apparently, it's already copyrighted [wired.com] .

Re:Whats up with these names?? (3, Funny)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371887)

They should have introduced Megatron in '90s, if Transformers allows AMD to use that name; and eventually have Gigatron when they broke the GHz barrier.

Re:Whats up with these names?? (2, Informative)

jamesdood (468240) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371942)

Actually if I remember correctly, this is from a pretty funny Woody Allen movie, Sleeper [moviefolio.com]

Re:Whats up with these names?? (3, Funny)

The Lynxpro (657990) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372144)

"I mean Sempron? Opteron, Xeon, maybe I would by a new processor when they come out with the Orgasmatron!"

I'm waiting for the Megatron myself.

he he (-1, Flamebait)

IloveMorphine (786324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371840)

they all end in RON, dumbass!

You've gotta admit (4, Insightful)

slycer9 (264565) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371844)

That as much as we like to rip on 'choked' CPU's, Joe 6Pack doesn't NEED 1/2 the processing power that most of US use in our routers!

Jesus Christ, my router/firewall alone is a 333PII, which, for the average luser is WAY more than enough.

That said, I'm all for a new low-end CPU from AMD, let's me keep my overhead low and profits high. Good stuff, have some.

Re:You've gotta admit (4, Funny)

RobinH (124750) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371923)

my router/firewall alone is a 333PII, which, for the average luser is WAY more than enough.

Well, a 333 P2 would choke on just half of the spyware that's installed on Joe 6 Pack's computer, so I doubt he'd be happy with the performance.

Re:You've gotta admit (5, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371970)

The average "luser", as you like to refer to the overwhelming majority of PC users, wants to run an OS that they are familiar with and that's current. I'd like to see you run something more powerful/recent than, say, Windows 98 on a 333MHz Pentium II and see how much time you'd waste just looking at the hourglass.

Oh, and newsflash for you: Joe Sixpack wants to do more on his PC nowadays than just word process and play solitaire.

Re:You've gotta admit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372001)

Add memory and a decent hard drive, and evn XP can be passable on a PII.

Re:You've gotta admit (1)

slycer9 (264565) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372060)

If you're waiting to see ME run something from the Windows line of software, you're in for a LONG wait.

Granted WindowsXP won't run on a PII, or even on a PIII when you get right down to it. The conversation wasn't about how much processing power J6P needs to run the latest version of Windows, but how much power he needs to do what he wants.

Which is download Pr0n, check e-mail & play Solitaire.
Just because you perform tasks 1-3 on a WindowsXP box with 2GB RAM/250GB HD doesn't make you any more 1337, it means you're a moron who would use a Ferrari to drive across the street for smokes.

Re:You've gotta admit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372155)

Win2K is usable on a 266ish P-II with 256M of RAM I have for a lab computer. It's no screaming demon, but it's pretty usable for simple stuff.

Why this new line? (5, Insightful)

fembots (753724) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371851)

The article says it's a 32-bit replacemnent for Duron to compete with Intel's Celeron at around 2.8GHz.

So why don't they just lower Athlon's price enough to compete with Celeron? Or is this Sempron simply a rebranded Athlon, while Duron is a crippled Ahtlon?

At first I thought AMD is introducing a dumped down 64-bit Athlon, that might be something, as the price of Athlon64 is still too expensive.

Re:Why this new line? (1)

kunudo (773239) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372131)

It's an athlon 64 with the 64-bit part disabled. Dumped down to 32-bit. Maybe someone will find the secret solder-point so you can mod it back to a 64-bit, but then again, I wouldn't solder on my cpu. ..

I don't get this (5, Insightful)

batkid (448363) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371855)

The Athlon XP line is actually very competitively priced against the celeron. For example the XP2500+ is $125.00 Canadian compared to the Celeron 2.6Ghz which is $120.00 Canadian. The only difference between the XP and the Celeron is that the XP is WAY faster in many areas (e.g. gaming). So is this new budget line going to decrease performance in order to "compete" with the celeron?

Re:I don't get this (1)

coene (554338) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371949)

AMD should be able to get a Sempron 2500+ (or whatever) to the $50-70 USD range - that goes a long way in the low-end OEM market.

Re:I don't get this (4, Insightful)

j1m+5n0w (749199) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371954)

Looks like frys [frys-electronics-ads.com] is selling an xp2500+ with motherboard for $65 US (If you happen to live in the Dallas area which I don't). Is there a market for processors cheaper than that?

-jim

Re:I don't get this (2, Informative)

athakur999 (44340) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372049)

That's not the "real" price, it's one of those limited quantity specials to get people in the door. The regular asking price of the XP 2500+ was, I believe, close to $90 for the retail version when I was there this weekend.

Re:I don't get this (4, Interesting)

Caesar (9965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371962)

The general idea isn't so much to compete with Intel in the North American market as much as it is to undercut them massively in Asia and Latin America [arstechnica.com] . You may recall that AMD killed the Duron line in 2002 only to bring it back later for sales in China (sales that they consider to be strong, and also great for branding).

Re:I don't get this (1)

ameoba (173803) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372059)

The point of the Sempron is that AMD wants to move away from socket A. Having 4 distinct sockets on the market simultaniously (A, 754, 939, 940) doesn't really encourage OEMs to carry your hardware.

Re:I don't get this (1)

Raztus (745280) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372067)

According to the Anandtech review at http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1927&p =2, even an Athlon XP 1700+ outperformes the Celeron 2.6Ghz in most tests, and the 1700+ is only $50 compared to the Celery at $90.

What's this about needing a new processor to compete? Even the older Athlon XP's can take on the Celerons!

Re:I don't get this (1)

owlstead (636356) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372128)

More importantly, it is also way faster than the Celeron for Business applications.

To reach businesses (and even consumers) things like low power levels, energy savings, temperature and low fan noise will probably be more important. As well as good support and deliveries and such.

I just bought a Celery processor for my parents. Reason? It was more power than they ever need, cheap stable motherboard and a very silent fan. Now for that irritating old hard disk. Oh well, their ears are getting worse anyway - they say they can already not hear it.

If they could make it a low power, 90mm, small die, good packaged fan, than I am all for it. Bundle a motherboard with audio, lan and usb 2.0 for all I care. And make it cheap as dirt.

Simpron (1, Funny)

hirschma (187820) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371859)

AMD is just asking for abuse. See here. [reference.com]

Re:Simpron (2, Funny)

Spad (470073) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372115)

Whereas by misreading the name of the processor, you're just begging for abuse...

A processor optimized for downloading music ! (4, Funny)

sufehmi (134793) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371863)



From PC Magazine's article :

Basic computing is no longer just about e-mail, Web browsing or word processing. Today, it's also about downloading and playing music, as well as sending pictures to family and friends


Yes !! Finally, they've created a processor optimized to downloading music. With Sempron, you can download MP3s 10x faster than using Celeron!

Intel, eat my pants.

Now I remember why I cancelled my subscription to PC Magazine years ago....

Re:A processor optimized for downloading music ! (3, Interesting)

heckpart (683490) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372073)

This statement does not come from the PC Magazine. It is the original statement which you can also find in the press release from AMD...

In fact you can simply find the real aim of AMD. They do not want to bring a new highend processor but an well performing "everybody" or "always computing" CPU.

And finally... It is clear, that AMD offers its low cost users much more performance than intel does with its silly celeron line...

Semprini? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371870)

I think Semprini would have been better.

Ob. Monty Python... (4, Funny)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371880)

AMD annnounced today the new line of Semprini proc...

(sounds of announcer being taken away...)

Those responsible for this announcement have been sacked.

Re:Ob. Monty Python... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372125)

Who's got a boil on his semprini then???

The BBC would like to apologize (2, Funny)

XanC (644172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372137)

These are the words that are not to be used again on this programme:

B*M
B*TTY
P*X
KN*CKERS
KN*CKERS
W**-W**

Nothing new really... (1)

djsmiley (752149) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371910)

"The processors are designed to perform basic tasks, such as word processing, and more advanced tasks, like playing video, with ease."

So a all round amd chip then?!

Nothing supprising really about that. They did already announce it a few times, but i cannot be bothered to find linkz

Duron changed to the semperon (2, Interesting)

Grout58 (754228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371917)

Why did they change the name? People just getting sick of duron? Celeron never changed its name for as long as its been around.

Duron = 32bit, Semperon = 64bit? (2, Informative)

Unit3 (10444) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372083)

Actually, I believe that the Duron name refers to the lower-end 32-bit chips, whereas Semperon will be lower-end 64-bit chips.

Feel free to correct me, though.

whoo hoo! (0, Redundant)

IloveMorphine (786324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371924)

holy shit! whoo hoo... optomized for downloading music and pr0n... this is excellent.... intel sux, BTW

Why? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9371926)

I purchased a boxed XP 2500 w/ motherboard from Fry's this weekend for $69.00. The Athlons are already a better deal than the Celerons.

Don't forget their next processor line... (5, Funny)

Dr Cool (671556) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371938)

And for the energy and utility markets, they're making a new line of processors called the Enron. But I hear their beta version had problems with the floating-point unit... it kept inflating numbers by 20% to 50%.

fuck! (1)

IloveMorphine (786324) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371943)

God, i still remember the days when i had a 500mhz celeron...(shudders)

Re:fuck! (1)

dmitrygr (736758) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372057)

I still use one, you insensitive clod.

Marketing geniuses... (4, Funny)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371964)

They wanted to emphasize that this was "more" than just a celeron, and of course, they had to keep the -on suffix.

Introducing the AMD Moron....

Great for Thin Clients (4, Interesting)

privaria (583781) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371969)

These will probably work fine in thin clients connected to a server running a stable, multitasking, multi-user OS [kernel.org] . Actually, they may even be overkill for that.

Imagine a tiny motherboard using one of these with a basic amount of soldered-in RAM, on-board video and NIC, and an on-board boot flash containing LTSP [ltsp.org] . Voila, a compact, cheap license-free, diskless, plug-and-play, workstation! How's that for putting Linux on the desktop?

An open hardware project, anyone?

Semper... (4, Funny)

hpa (7948) | more than 10 years ago | (#9371985)

The first thing the name "Sempron" reminded of was the fact that Semper is a Swedish brand of baby formula.

Not lower, Higher!!! (3, Funny)

elasticwings (758452) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372023)

Argh, stop making lower processors!!! Make new higher ones. I don't want to be able to afford a new cpu. I want to dream about new fast ones that cost more than I have. :P

AMD what? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372046)

AMD Spermon?
AMD Sempr0n?

I'd like to applaud the marketing people at AMD for showing that even though you are severely retarded, you can still come up with a name for a a discount CPU.

And cheers to AMD for having such enlightened hiring practices! Most companies reserve the mentally deficient [kuro5hin.org] for IT jobs.

Is this really news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9372098)

I saw the article reference on news.google.com and read it and thought to myself, "Hey, I haven't seen anything on slashdot about this yet; maybe I should submit it." I then read the article, and the only news I got out of it was a marketing name. I saw no specs, no speeds nor power cunsumption numbers nor even the nubmer of bits (32/64) it uses, nothing newsworthy, just a name ("Sempron") and a market ("cheap low end"). I decided not to submit it as an article and waste anyone's time.

If you've gotten far enough to read this comment, how much spare time did you waste today looking at this article?

-1 Troll
+2 Helps you get back to work

Obligatory (1)

Have Blue (616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372101)

Semproni?!

OUT!

And what about the Moron processor? (2, Funny)

gatesh8r (182908) | more than 10 years ago | (#9372108)

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