Two new dual-core 45W parts from AMD, the Athlon X2 4450e and Athlon X2 4050e, are now available. Last month AMD already released the 45W Athlon X2 4850E processor.
Dan Olds, an analyst with the Gabriel Consulting Group, called Intel's move to low-power low-power processors a smart one. "First, the low-power parts also mean low-heat output, which means the chips can be put into smaller form factors and that system vendors don't have to spend as much money on case design, cooling fans, and the like," he added. "Also these chips are pretty inexpensive, which also is an inducement for the system vendors to use them in their computers."
The two new processors unveiled today are designed for power users who run multiple processor-intensive applications at the same time, AMD noted in a written release.