AMD to Release Opteron April 22
Release of the long-awaited 64-bit processor will follow AMD's February rollout of the Athlon XP 3000+.Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will release its long-awaited Opteron 64-bit processor at an event April 22 in New York City. The introduction of Opteron will follow the rollout of the Sunnyvale, Calif., companys Athlon XP 3000+ on Feb. 10, the company said on Friday. The Athlon 3200+ will be introduced in the middle of this year, AMD said. Both of those chips are based on the companys Barton core, which will feature a feature a faster 333MHz front-side bus. Opteron is designed for servers and workstations and will compete with Intel Corp.s 64-bit Itanium chips as well as its 32-bit Xeons. A key differentiator for AMD is that Opteron is backward compatible in that it can run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. Because it is a different architecture, Itanium doesnt feature that backward compatibility.
However, AMD also said it will roll out its 64-bit Athlon 64 chip for desktops and mobile devices in September. Code-named Clawhammer, the chip originally was to be released late last year, but was then moved to the second quarter of this year.