Rumor: AMD to end FX CPU lineup with the current 5 GHz FX-9590

In June, AMD made headlines with the launch of its FX-9590 processor. The latest CPU in the FX lineup uses AMD's Piledriver design with eight cores and is also the first to have a clock speed of 5 GHz. Now a new report claims that the FX-9590 will be the final CPU in the FX series.

VR-Zone reports it has obtained AMD in-house documents that show no more FX CPUs will be released beyond the FX-9590. The article suggests that AMD will now concentrate its efforts on its APU chip lineup that combined a CPU with a Radeon GPU in one chip. AMD is already designing similar hardware for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

The same VR-Zone report also claims that the next generation APU from AMD, code named Kaveri, won't begin its full production until December, with a consumer launch planned for spring 2014. AMD had originally told the press at Computex in June the chip would begin shipments by the end of 2013.

AMD has been struggling of late as it continues to deal with a declining PC hardware market. The company announced in April it plans to release an ARM-based processor, but there's no word on when that might happen. In June, Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD, claimed that while it is still "very committed to Windows 8", it also plans to have its processors inside hardware products running on Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.

Source: VR-Zone | Image via AMD

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