AMD Passes Athlon Chipset Baton
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has essentially exited the Athlon PC chipset market, focusing its design work on multiprocessor implementations and the upcoming 64-bit Hammer family.Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has essentially exited the Athlon chipset market, focusing its design work on multiprocessor implementations and the upcoming 64-bit Hammer family. AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif., phased out its AMD-760 chipset a few weeks ago, and motherboard vendors report that the company has no plans for a replacement. In an interview Tuesday, Tim Wright, director of desktop marketing for AMDs Computer Products Group, confirmed this was true. "The 760 went (end-of-life) a few weeks ago and we dont have any plans for socket A desktop chipsets on our roadmaps," Wright said.
The move is entirely consistent with AMDs stated strategy of seeding the market with a stable chipset platform, then exiting it in favor of dedicated chipset suppliers. Three third-party chipset suppliers currently support the Athlon: Acer Laboratories Inc., Nvidia Corp., and Via Technologies Inc. AMD also manufactures the AMD 760MP for multiprocessor servers.