'Hammer' series on schedule
AMD, the manufacturer announced today, will be able to put the first 64-bit processors of the 'Hammer family' into series production on time. In contrast to Intel's 'Itanium', which has already been introduced, the 64-bit register of the 'hammer' is only put on.
Die The basis is still a 32-bit core. This saves the hammer the need to emulate current 32-bit applications, but in 64-bit it will be inferior to the 'thoroughbred' Itanium, whose successor is planned for the end of 2001. Due to the extremely complex emulation in old software, its performance only just reaches the level of an old Pentium MMX. After the first samples of the 'Hammer' should be available at the end of the year, the ClawHammer, the first member of the 'Hammer family', will come onto the market in the 3rd quarter of 2002. The 0.13µ production will allow extremely high cycle rates with reduced power consumption and less waste heat. While the ClawHammer is intended for smaller servers and workstations, the SledgeHammer, which will appear shortly afterwards, should also provide large computers with enough power. For the desktop market, however, there will be CPUs with Thoroughbred core at this time. This core is a Palomino, which then also shines in the new 0.13µ layout.