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Duron Revival based on the hammer

Duron Revival based on the hammer

The 'Duron', recently taken off the market in favor of the older and slower Athlon XP models, could soon experience a rebirth, albeit an involuntary one. At least this is what 'x-bit labs' claims, citing an unspecified, AMD-related source.

According to this, leading chipset manufacturers have contacted AMD and tried to redesign the hammer, since the current architecture with integrated memory controller is not suitable for mainboard chipsets with embedded graphics. The hammer seems to be passing their accesses to the main memory far too slowly at the moment, so that there are unacceptable performance losses. For this reason, AMD is to work on a second variant of the ClawHammer that is able to process external memory accesses faster. Since mainboards with integrated graphics are mostly found in the budget or low-cost segment, x-bit labs also suspects a stripped-down version of the original CPU core in order to do justice to the market. Until then, mainboard manufacturers will initially install an extra frame buffer for the graphics unit.

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