First AMD hammer in September?
Anyone who stopped by their colleagues at Chip.de today with sleepy eyes could have thought of a mix-up at first. Yes, no! Not the usual 'The Inquirer' but Chip is currently coming up with an extremely interesting message.
AMD is planning accordingly the publication of the hammer already for the 3rd quarter of 2002, more precisely for September. However, so the speculation continues, it will initially be a rather slow representative with a P rating of 2400+. Well, to what extent is this rumor to be believed? To do this, the current market situation must certainly be taken into account. The fact is that, after a long lasting 'high', AMD is currently on the way down the valley in terms of the performance crown. We don't want to start the discussion AMD: Intel again, but the fact is that the race for the fastest CPU is currently dominated by Intel. Up until now, AMD was planning to bring the hammer onto the market with a P rating of 3400+ towards the end of the year, rumored to be towards the beginning of 2003, and until then with the help of the Athlon XP 'Thoroughbred' and later the 'Barton' to be able to keep up with the leaders. But after the presentation of the 'Thoroughbred' had been delayed by almost three months, the hoped-for success continues to fail. The first models were only available weeks after the presentation, and AMD does not seem to come much further than 2200+, currently the highest model rating. In times of monopoly this would not be too bad, but competitor Intel is ready with the P4 2.533GHz and the 2.8GHz processor should come onto the market in the next few weeks.
So it would not be surprising when AMD turns away from the previously set goals and throws a 'light' version of the hammer on the market. The leading chipset manufacturersare ready and so AMD could definitely manage to get a piece of the Christmas stollen with the first 32/64 bit processor.