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AMD Sempron 3100+ Processor
By CPU-zilla
Category : CPU
Published by Jimmy Tang on Wednesday, 28th July, 2004


Introduction

During our occasional breaks, we've more often than not found ourselves discussing weird product names. Though names like Celeron were often associated with a kind of vegetable that not many would have the tastebuds to appreciate, AMD's Duron processor had an even worse reaction among users. While some users actually associated it with the name of a company that makes contraceptives, retailers in Singapore actually had an even vulgar version of the name which when spoken in the Chinese Hokkien dialect would literally mean 'pissed'. Of course, those who loves the fragrant (some say stinking) Durian (a tropical fruit found in South East Asia) would find themselves easily identifying with the Duron too. Well, we're not entirely certain if these names were the result of the user's experience of the product, but either way, we don't think a product name should have such an adverse reaction, especially not in the mind of users.

So, fast forward to this day and we still have Intel sticking to the Celeron name, which we believe is not so bad, considering that 'celery' is, after all, part of an important food group. However, AMD has shed off the Duron brand and came up with yet another innovative naming although we were all quite puzzled as to the true meaning of the word - at least when we first heard it. But a quick search in our trusted Latin dictionary came up with the word "Semper", which in Latin means "always". Although the name rhymes with their competitor's product, Celeron, AMD claims that it is meant to represent their tradition to always strive to provide more value to their customers. To AMD, Sempron suggests "daily use, practical, and part of everyday life".

Anyway, the latest AMD Sempron processor launched today will be the next budget processor to hit town with even greater performance. The AMD Sempron 3100+ processor (socket-754) is based on AMD's latest core design which was adopted from the current Athlon 64 and is manufactured in their latest 130nm SOI process technology. Other features include a higher core frequency, a HyperTransport bus, larger Level 2 cache and the usual set of SSE and SSE2 compatible instructions. Put all these latest ingredients together and you can easily see that the AMD Sempron processor is something that's worth a second look as it does come with a pretty good value proposition.

The Socket-754 version of the AMD Sempron desktop processor.

We'll let the processor's technical specifications speak for itself in the comparison table below:-

Comparison of Desktop Processor Technical Specifications
Processor Model AMD Athlon 64 Intel Pentium 4 "Prescott" Sempron 3100+ Sempron 2400+ to 2800+ Intel Celeron D
Codename ClawHammer Prescott Paris Thoroughbred Prescott
Manufacturing Technology 0.13µm SOI 90nm (0.09µm) 0.13µm SOI 0.13µm 90nm (0.09µm)
No. of Transistors 105 million 125 million 68.5 million 37.5 million N/A
Die Size 193 mm² 112 mm² 144 mm² 84 mm² N/A
Front Side Bus - 800MHz - 333MHz 533MHz
L1 Cache (data + instruction) 64KB + 64KB 16KB + 12KB 64KB + 64KB 64KB + 64KB 16KB + 12KB
L2 Cache 512KB/1MB full-speed 1MB full-speed 256KB full-speed 256KB full-speed 256KB full-speed
Clock Multiplier 10 - 11x 14 - 18x 9x 9 - 12x 18 - 21x
Clock Frequency 2GHz - 2.2GHz 2.8GHz - 3.6GHz 1.8GHz 1.5GHz - 2.0GHz 2.4GHz - 2.8GHz
Core Voltage 1.50V 1.25V - 1.40V 1.40V 1.60V 1.25V - 1.40V
Current (Icc) - Max 57.8A 78A - 91A N/A N/A 73A
Thermal Design Power (Max) 89W 89W - 103W 62W 62W 73W
Hyper-Threading Technology No Yes No No No
x86 64-bit ISA Yes No No No No
NX Bit (No eXecute Bit) Yes No No No No
Feature Sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow!, new 128-bit SSE/SSE2 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3 MMX, SSE, SSE2, 3DNow! Professional MMX, SSE, 3DNow! Professional MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
Form Factor Socket-754 Socket-478 / LGA775 Socket-754 Socket-A Socket-478

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