As with all rumors, take this story with a grain of salt until we can bring you confirmation or denial directly from AMD.
Being seen in green is the way to earn green, and get out of the black, at least that's the thinking in today's tech industry. As as result we're hearing rumors that AMD is already prepping a series of low-power Phenoms, both quad- and dual-core.
“The low-power Phenom 9100e is scheduled for release in February or March this year and will come with a core frequency of 1.8GHz, DDR2 1066 memory controller and TDP of 65W. At the beginning of the second quarter, AMD will phase out the 9100e and launch the 9150e, according to sources at motherboard makers, which offers the same specifications. The differences between the 9100e and 9150e are unclear at this time although most likely is that 9150e is based on the B3 stepping revision.
In addition to the 9100e and 9150e, the company will also launch three dual-core low-power CPUs: Athlon 4850e (2.5GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR2 800), Athlon 4450e (2.3GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR2 800) and Athlon 4050e (2.1GHz, 1MB L2 cache and DDR 800).”
While 1.8 Ghz doesn't exactly compete with the latest CPUs from Intel, it's certainly not a slouch either. These new CPUs could find their way into a number of server farms if the energy savings are sufficient.