New high-end and low-cost CPUs from AMD
AMD has officially announced the roadmap for 2001. In the first quarter of 2001 the 'Palomino' is to be released, an Athlon with an improved core and 256 Kbyte cache directly on the chip.
The also improved and new branch prediction unit is supposed to improve the jump prediction, what should avoid unnecessary waiting cycles of the processor. In the fourth quarter, AMD wants to publish the 'Morgan'. The 'Morgan' will only have a 64 Kbyte cache and should be positioned in the entry-level area. A suitable chipset comes from VIA: the KM133. Together with the processor, this should further reduce PC prices. AMD's battleship is expected to expire in late 2001. This means the 'Clawhammer', a 64-bit CPU. Series production is not expected to begin until the beginning of 2002. The 'sledgehammer' designed for server systems will follow around the second quarter of 2001.