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Platform Conference: AMD Hammer processors

Platform Conference, that took part in California last week, brought important news about new 64-bit AMD Opteron / Athlon.

The company has at last specified the cache capacity of its new products. New-geenration Athlon (former ClawHammer) will have 256 KB / 512 KB L2 cache, Opteron chips — 1 MB / 2 MB L2 cache. The core of new Athlon will be 104 sq.mm in size.

The company has also unveiled the development and release plans for the next Hammer chipset after AMD-8000. After AMD-8131, the HyperTransport PCI-X bridge, in 2004 we´ll see its newer variant, supporting the second-generation PCI-X — PCI-X 2. By that time the company also plans to release AMD-8111 I/O bridge. And the AMD-8151 AGP tunnel will remain the same.

There´s a very familiar situation emerges in the AMD platform chipsets sector: it seems that AMD isn´t going to release large amounts of its Hammer chipsets, so VIA, ALi, SiS, NVIDIA, ATI may become the main chipset vendors.

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