AMD's first ever dual-core Sempron processors are beginning to hit the streets. In China, that is. AMD's first release of the new CPUs, which are the next iteration of their Celeron challenger, will be the Sempron 2100+ running at 1.8GHz. For only around $55 USD, the CPUs might have a good chance to gain a lot of ground in the low to midrange desktop market.

As a response, many are predicting that Intel will lower the price point of dual-core Celerons. Should that happen, AMD’s second advantage will come into play: their chipsets. Coupled with the RS780 and 690G IGP chips, an entire machine has a price point significantly lower than most other offerings. This may be an indicator that AMD is willing to once again fight Intel on price rather than performance.