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Exclusive : AMD Confirms Sempron Death, Replaced By E-Series Zacate

Speaking to ITProPortal.com at CeBIT, a spokesperson for chipmaker AMD has confirmed that it will replace the lower end "Sempron brand" by a Fusion product without giving more details on a time plan.

Three weeks ago, confidential documents seen by Xbitlabs (opens in new tab) hinted at AMD's plans to can the Phenom, Athlon and Sempron names and replace them by FX-Series, A-Series and E-Series microprocessors.

He also confirmed that AMD's cheapest range will be made up of E-Series products, the E-240 (single core, 1.5GHz) and the E-350 (Dual Core, 1.6GHz), with more models coming later this year.

We were hard pressed to find any E-240 products at CeBIT 2011 (which could mean that the cheapest AMD CPU may be a dual core model soon).

There were loads of E-350 products; mini-ATX motherboards, ultra thin laptops, tablets but also surprise, surprise full size ATX boards and 15.4-inch laptops even on AMD's official booth.

Our AMD contact told us that the company had given free range to its partners meaning that you could well see some extravagant designs coming soon.

The company also brought a few Llano systems at CeBIT 2011, but unfortunately, we are not allowed to say more except that there will be Llano motherboards displayed at Computex by at least one Tier-one motherboard manufacturers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.