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TechWeb: AMD Lays Out 2001 Plans To Analysts

Nov 11, 2000, 20:39 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

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"The Athlon and Duron will give way to the Palomino and Morgan in 2001, improved Athlon cores with 256 Kbytes and 64 Kbytes of on-chip cache, respectively. Both processors will feature an improved Athlon core with lower power and microarchitectural improvements."

"But the Palomino will also reach only 1.5 GHz in the second quarter of 2001, about 500 MHz below Intel's plans for the Pentium 4. According to AMD's own tests, that won't matter: a 1.2-GHz Athlon will outperform the Pentium 4 at 1.5 GHz in most benchmarks, according to Dirk Meyer, vice president of engineering at AMD's computational products group."

"AMD also looks forward to bringing the 64-bit microprocessor generation to the desktop. A previously undisclosed version of AMD's 64-bit Hammer chip, Clawhammer, will begin sampling at the end of 2001 for desktops and server appliances and enter production in the first quarter of 2002. Sledgehammer, a 4- and 8-way capable part for servers, will sample in the first quarter of 2002 and ship a quarter later.

"More importantly, AMD executives said the 0.13-micron Clawhammer will be smaller than 100 sq. mm, smaller and arguably cheaper than the company's existing Duron low-end PC microprocessor. ... The performance of the Hammer generation will also be improved by AMD's move to a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) process, which can cut the capacitance of the chip. ...power can either be cut by 30 percent or performance increased by the same amount..."

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