"Virtutech and AMD have jointly developed and validated a
high-performance x86-64 simulator, codenamed "VirtuHammer", to aid
"Virtutech and AMD today announced the two companies are working
together to further enable the development of software supporting
AMD's next-generation Hammer family of processors. The two
companies have jointly developed and validated an innovative,
high-performance tool, codenamed "VirtuHammer", that will allow
software developers to write and test 64-bit programs in
preparation for the planned commercial introduction of the
next-generation AMD processors in the first half of 2002."
"Virtutech's Simics software enables a computer using a standard
x86-compatible processor to simulate the operations of a 64-bit
Hammer processor-based computer, allowing developers to use
currently available technology to quickly and accurately test and
debug their 64-bit software for AMD's next-generation processors.
Hammer processors will be the first AMD processors capable of
64-bit operation, and are being designed to deliver leading-edge
performance on both the 64-bit software used by high-end
workstations and servers and the 32-bit software used by the
majority of desktop computers. AMD has already begun delivering
VirtuHammer simulators to targeted software partners, helping
ensure they have the resources, time, and support required to
develop 64-bit operating systems, tools and applications for the
Hammer family of processors."