ZDNet heeft een artikel online staan met wat verse info over de AMD's 64-bit processor codenamed Sledgehammer. Het is de bedoeling dat de CPU ook in desktop versies ergens eind 2001 geleverd wordt aan PC fabrikanten met snelheden vanaf 2GHz:
Some say it can't or shouldn't be done, but Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is looking to an Athlon successor to bring 64-bit computing to the desktop PC.
Although not due until at least late next year, a replacement for Athlon will run at 2GHz and above, offering 64-bit memory addressing, AMD officials revealed here at PC Expo. The new chip will be based on technology from AMD's 64-bit server chip, code-named Sledgehammer.
"The Hammer," as it is known inside AMD (NYSE: AMD), will the company's first server/workstation processor to offer 64-bit addressing. The chip will begin sampling to major PC makers in the first quarter of next year, AMD officials said.
Because it is based on Sledgehammer, the new desktop chip will have the ability to -- code segment by code segment -- recognize and switch between 32-bit and 64-bit code, AMD officials said. That means Sledgehammer users will be able to run 64-bit applications on desktop PCs.
The benefits of having 64-bit memory addressing on the desktop would come on high-end applications. Graphics applications, such as Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) PhotoShop, would see performance improvements from 64-bit memory addressing. As would other applications, such as computer aided design (CAD), AMD officials said. [break]In de tussentijd zal AMD ons echter eerst verblijden met de Mustang core die gebruikt zal worden in desktop , mobile, workstation en server processors. [/break] While Sledgehammer and its variants are still a ways away, AMD is readying another new processor core. AMD officials said this week that the company's Mustang processor core would yield a number of new chips in the second half of the year.
The core, which supports up to 1MB of integrated level 2 cache, will yield desktop chips, workstation and server chips and mobile chips. The desktop chips will come in both Duron and Athlon flavors, while the server chips will, most likely, be marketed under the brand Athlon Ultra, AMD officials said.
AMD also disclosed for the first time at PC Expo its plans to offer a mobile Duron chip along with a mobile Athlon. The differentiators between the two mobile chips are expected to be clock speed and cache size, along with price. Both chips will be based on a mobile version of the Mustang core, which now has its own code name: Corvette.
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