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AMD: bright Q4 forecasts; on the Hammer release dates

So, time has come for AMD to specify the provisional Q4 forecasts. According to the yesterday declaration, the increased PC demand and the usually high flash memory demand give the hope that Q4 sales volumes will make $700 million, thatís 26% lower than in Q4 2001 instead of previously reported 36%. Comparing to Q3 with $508.2 million sales, new forecasts provide not the 20%, but 35% sales growth.

Analysts agree that $612 million sum is more real for AMD. The company itself plans to declare the Q4 results on January 16.

Itís also interesting that yesterday at Credit Suisse FB Tech Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, AMD announced the specified release dates for the Hammer family. As a matter of fact, they do not differ from the roadmap, but March and April were mentioned for the first time.

Other interesting facts from the conference (the fifth, according to The Inquirer):

  • AMD has just started to enter the server market, betting on AMD Opteron, declaring: "The Opteron is a Xeon killer".
  • Despite the Athlon XP 2800+ shipments, Athlon XP 1800+ and 2000+ remain the bestsellers.
  • Early next year AMD plans to announce several new products for the mobile PC market.
  • AMD doesnít see any rivals on the ű86 maker market, except Intel.
  • AMD will be able to master the 90-nm process technology within the 6-9 months.

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