Ook ZDNet hobbelt gezellig mee met het SledgeHammer feest. Hier wat info uit hun nieuwsartikel over deze 64-bit AMD processor:
Dana Krelle, vice president of marketing at AMD, acknowledged that the company will have to overcome skeptics who have grown wary of its financial struggles. But he pointed to AMD's success with its currently shipping chip, the Athlon, which is faster than anything Intel is fielding today. AMD anticipates some small benefits in the third quarter, from sales of its Athlon chips, which sell for as much as $849, compared with AMD's average prices of about $60 a chip. In 2000, AMD plans to enhance the Athlon for workstation and server computers with a new data pathway, known as a bus, that runs at 266-megahertz, or twice as fast as what Intel offers today.
Krelle said AMD's SledgeHammer chip will be designed to run the older 32-bit software at high speeds, in contrast to the relatively slow performance that is expected for the 32-bit software on the Merced chip. And since AMD's new "x86 64" architecture will offer a less radical style of computing than Merced, Krelle said, it will be far easier for programmers to write 64-bit versions of the software.
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