AMD Revamps Athlon Line
Advanced Micro Devices added on to each of its mainstream product lines, and revealed that its own transition to the 0.13-micron "Thoroughbred" Athlon processors would begin later this month.Advanced Micro Devices added on to each of its mainstream product lines, and revealed that its own transition to the 0.13-micron "Thoroughbred" Athlon processors would begin later this month. As reported earlier, AMD was expected to launch the AMD 2100+ version of its Athlon processor, which actually runs at 1.7 GHz. AMD, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said the new processor would be immediately available from PC OEMs such as Compaq, Fujitsu, and NEC.The chip costs $420 in 1,000-unit lots. "With these newest additions to the flagship AMD Athlon processor family, AMD continues to reinforce the benefits of competition by providing high-performance, innovative technologies that appeal to customers around the world," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMDs Computation Products Group, in a statement. "Our processors, with their outstanding application performance, reinforce AMDs commitment to providing our customers with the outstanding solutions they need in all market segments, including desktop and notebook PCs, servers and workstations."
The Thoroughbred processors will also ship later this month, AMD executives disclosed, part of a 0.13-micron transition that is about a year later than Intels own conversion. However, Intel also brought up the 0.13-micron technology on its older Pentium III processors, waiting until late last year to commit its newest Pentium 4 chips to the latest technology.