8/16/2000: AMD reaches 1,1 GHz and prepares the jump to 64 bits
AMD, the ancient "clonador" of designs Intel, continues his technological career to go bust (or at least to put in serious predicaments) the big brother of the microprocessors. His principal trick in this struggle is, how not, the Athlon, which in his review Thunderbird seems that it has already reached 1,1 GHz (1.100 MHz).
The information comes from a press release of AMD, where it is indicated that the mike is being already sent to his principal clients OEM, whose first teams will appear on the market about August 28. The price of the chip is 853 $ in quantities of 1.000 units (probably cheaper in major quantities).
The following technological jump, the devastating family of mikes of 64 bits Hammer (hammer), is waited by the end of 2.001... but meanwhile AMD already has enough information about the architecture ready software of the new mikes in his web site, and prepares for September of this year a free simulation environment so that the programmers could prove his developments. In this respect, the technology of 64 bits of AMD has just received the support of important signatures of the world Linux, like for example Network Hat and suse.
It turns out to be significant that the AMD approach to 64 bits is radically different from that of Intel: while the Itanium of the giant Intel bets for a design isolated from the current technology, what implies that it will be a very rapid mike with software of 64 bits but slowly with software of 32 bits, the Hammer of AMD prefer to extend the current set of instructions x86 (creating the architecture called x86-64), without nipping in the bud with them, what supposes high yield with all kinds of software at the cost of supporting some obsolete inherited technologies. Which will be better? The time will say it...
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