SAN FRANCISCO -- During a technology conference here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. gave a sneak preview of its product roadmap, including plans to ship a 32/64-bit microprocessor running at more than 2-GHz by year's end.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company also announced it is currently sampling "SledgeHammer"--a high-end, 32/64-bit microprocessor that will compete against Intel Corp.'s family of server chips.
The new products are part of a plan to boost its overall market share in the mobile, desktop and servers spaces, said W.J. Sanders, chairman of AMD, during the technology conference, which is sponsored by Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
During a presentation, however, Sanders admitted that AMD has lost some market share to rival Intel, especially at the high-end of the microprocessor market.
"We won't gain any market share at the high-end in the first quarter," Sanders acknowledged. "This quarter, [Intel] has taken the technology lead," he said during the conference.
And it appears that AMD will play catch-up for some time. At present, the company is shipping its Athlon XP 2100+ family of processors, which are said to compare to Intel's 2.1-GHz Pentium 4 chips, analysts said. At present, however, Intel's fastest Pentium 4 chip runs at 2.4-GHz.
AMD plans to ship its Athlon XP 2200+ and 2400+ processors in the second and third quarter of 2002, respectively. Then, in the fourth quarter, it will deliver the 2800+, which reportedly compares to Intel's upcoming 2.8-GHz chip, analysts said.
By year's end, AMD will close the gap with Intel by delivering its Hammer family of processors. Earlier this year, AMD demonstrated the Hammer, which is geared to run both 32- and 64-bit software (see Feb. 26 story ).
The first Hammer is the so-called "ClawHammer" product--a 130-nm, 32/64-bit processors for desktops and servers. The first "ClawHammer" product, dubbed the 3400+, will run at speeds of more than 2-GHz and will ship by year's end, according to AMD. It will compare to Intel's upcoming 3.4-GHz Pentium 4 chips, analysts said.
Then, AMD will ship the 4000+ and 4400+ in the first and second half of 2003, respectively, according to the company.
In the meantime, AMD is currently sampling its top-of-the-line Hammer product--dubbed "SledgeHammer, according to Sanders. Last week, AMD renamed the "SledgeHammer" product, which will be known as Opteron. It also announced a major alliance with Microsoft Inc. in the 32/64-bit processor space (see April 24 story ).
"We are sampling [Opteron] now," Sanders said. The company is expected to ship the chip in volumes in mid-2003.