AMD has released its first dual-core processors based on a design that is similar to that of the Phenom quad-core processors. The Athlon X2 7000 series is designed for budget desktops.
Until now, the dual-core Athlon processors were based on an older K8 design, while the triple-core Phenom X3 and quad-core Phenom X4 use a newer design often referred to as K10, though AMD calls it 10h. The Athlon X2 7000 series are the first dual-core processors that use the 10h design, which means that like Phenoms, they have three levels of cache and support HyperTransport 3.0. Although there had been many news reports speculating on a dual-core chip code-named Kuma, the X2 7000 series did not appear on the client processor roadmap that AMD presented at its analyst day last month.