We have been wondering how long it would be before AMD introduced 64-bit compatibility in to its line of budget Sempron processors. Today, TrustedReviews
have confirmation that this transition will commence very soon.
AMD have had 64-bit processors since the launch of the excellent K8 architecture back in September 2003 and some would say that they have taken longer than expected to implement 64-bit technology on to more business-orientated mainstream processors that everyone can afford.
It looks like the price barrier that has determined AMD's choice not to add 64-bit compatibility to the Sempron from day one has been broken down.
We don't think it will be long before Intel announce the introduction of 64-bit Celeron processors in the form of the Celeron D, as their roadmap states that 64-bit Celeron D's are estimated to appear in 'Mid 2005'. However, the exact shipping date for either processor remains unclear at the time of writing - all that we know is that 64-bit processors are to become very affordable in the very near future.