WinInfo Daily UPDATE, October 2, 2002

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October 2, 2002—In this issue:

1. NEWS AND VIEWS

  • AMD Closes Performance Gap with Intel

2. ANNOUNCEMENT

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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
(contributed by Paul Thurrott, [email protected])

  • AMD CLOSES PERFORMANCE GAP WITH INTEL

  • Late yesterday, AMD announced new Athlon microprocessors that close the gap with Intel's most powerful performers. The Athlon XP 2800+ and 2700+ use a 333MHz frontside bus (FSB) bus—a first for AMD—and are roughly comparable to Intel's market-leading Pentium 4 microprocessor, which runs at speeds as fast as 2.8GHz. AMD says the speedy new Athlon microprocessors will be available to customers beginning next month. Of course, by that time, Intel likely will have released its 3GHz Pentium 4 design, keeping a promise the company made earlier this year to hit 3GHz by the end of 2002.

    "Digital entertainment, particularly gaming, is driving the need for innovative technology to enhance the overall computing experience for today's PC users," said AMD Vice President of Client Business Ed Ellett. "The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ with its advanced 333 FSB is the ultimate processor for PC customers who demand the highest levels of performance."

    AMD's new processors almost solely target the PC-enthusiast market, which is made up largely of performance-oriented gamers and people who like to build and tweak their own systems. So the companies that will offer high-end Athlon-based PCs aren't the usual crowd of top-10 PC makers but instead are enthusiast-friendly companies such as Falcon Northwest, MicronPC, and Voodoo PC.

    Because Intel is releasing faster new chips ahead of schedule this year, AMD has stumbled a bit trying to keep up. This week's AMD announcement is the second in which the availability of the chips lags the announcement by several weeks. In August, AMD announced the Athlon XP 2400+ and 2600+ chips, but those processors are only now becoming available. And AMD recently delayed Hammer, its intriguing new x86-compatible 64-bit chip, from late 2002 to mid-2003.

    2. ANNOUNCEMENT
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