Advanced Micro Devices last week on Friday made it official: the 32/64-bit Athlon 64 processor will be introduced in September and the Opteron server version will be unveiled April 22 in New York City.
AMD is counting heavily on both 64-bit chips of its Hammer family to penetrate new markets and to expand its processor market share. Introduction of Athlon 64 and Opteron had been delayed for up to six months.
The Sunnyvale, Calif. chipmaker also said it will introduce its highest performance Athlon XP 3000+ processor, code-named Barton, on Feb. 10. An Athlon XP 3200+ will be unveiled in mid-2003. The Barton-core processors will double the on-die L2 cache from existing generation MPUs to 512-Kbytes.