AMD's 'hammer' series is late
AMD's 64-bit 'Hammer' CPU family will not come onto the market as planned in early 2002, but rather towards the end of the year with its first processor, the 'Clawhammer'. According to the manufacturer, the server version 'Sledgehammer' will not be ready for the market sooner either.
According to AMD, the considerable delay is due to the fact that the company is now using IBM's 'Silicon on Insulator (SOI)' for production. Technology 'wants to set and the conversion of factories and production methods prevents timely series production. However, this method can serve both to optimize the speed and to reduce the power consumption, which will probably be reflected in the end product in significantly higher clock rates. In addition, AMD announced that at least the first processor, the Clawhammer, will be able to operate in both 64Bit and 32Bit.