Earlier this year rumors
started to emerge that AMD had scrapped its plans to bring dual-core K10 parts to the market. That does not appear to be the case though, at least according to a screenshot
taken from a German search engine which lists three Phenom X2 processors already for sale in Europe.
The chips in question range from 1.90GHz to 2.3GHz, with each of these 65nm parts sporting 1MB of L2 cache (512KB per core), 2MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 45W. While none of this has been confirmed by AMD, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet
has done some digging around and found placeholders for these CPUs elsewhere on the web. Furthermore, X-bit labs reports
that AMD will indeed release a dual-core chip based on the K10 micro-architecture in September, albeit under the Athlon X2 brand-name.
In related news, X-bit labs claims to have learned from “sources familiar with AMD's plans” that the company will announce 45nm Phenoms on early January
, with the first quad-core chips expected to run at 2.8GHz and 3GHz and have 125W TDP.