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AMD kills "Lima," leaving "Sparta" to succeed "Manila" and "Orleans"

AMD roadmaps reveal the company recently cancelled its single-core Lima processor, the 65nm Athlon 64 refresh. AMD began shipping Lima inventory earlier this year, however, the company since removed the codename from its roadmap. “65nm Lima Athlon 64 single-core models have been removed from the roadmap and EOL on several Orleans models has been modified,” the AMD roadmap states.

This leaves AMD with existing Orleans-based processors to carry the Athlon 64 brand. After Orleans models is EOL, there will be no more single-core Athlon 64 branded processors. Instead, AMD will position entry-level dual-core Athlon X2 processors based on Rana in the low end.

AMD will continue to ship single-core processors. However, all single-core processors will carry the Sempron brand. With Lima out of the picture, Sparta will be the next new single-core AMD processor. AMD expects to launch Sparta in September 2007 in 256KB and 128KB L2 configurations. Sparta arrives as a replacement for Orleans and Manila-core processors and is essentially a 65nm die-shrink of Manila.

A single-core Stars-based successor arrives in 1H’2008 in the form of Spica. Spica introduces a larger 512KB L2 and HT3 on a Socket AM2+ platform to the Sempron lineup. Succeeding Spica will be Sargas, which shrinks the fabrication process to 45nm and adds DDR3 memory support.

Expect Sparta to take Lima’s place beginning in September.





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