AMD's hammer with SSE2
The rumors that AMD's Hammer will have SSE2 support have been confirmed by AMD. The great advantage of SSE2 is that each software now only has to support one standard, which makes software development much easier.
AMD has given Intel's SIMD instruction sets more priority than 3DNow !. The hammer will be the first 64 bit CPU from AMD and will appear in 2 variants. The ClawHammer should represent the desktop version and also be used in notebooks. The ClawHammer should be available in the 1st quarter of 2002. The SledgeHammer, on the other hand, is the server variant that has a very large L2 cache. It should appear in the 2nd quarter of 2002. The hammer family continues to support the 3DNow! and x87 instruction sets as used in the Athlon. In addition, the CPU is manufactured in a 0.13 µm process.