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News Article Title : AMD delays 64-bit Athlon chip
Category : General Gaming
Date Added : 2003-02-03 00:35:32
The introduction of AMD's Athlon 64 processor for desktop PCs has been pushed back from the spring to the fall.
AMD, which had originally been expected to introduce its new generation of 64-bit chips in March or April, now plans to launch the 64-bit desktop processor in September, simultaneously with a notebook version of the chip, a company representative said. Earlier this month, the company said that it was reevaluating the launch date for the chip. The company has indicated that its priority is the new 64-bit Opteron processor for servers. That chip will be the keystone of AMD's 2003 strategy to push further into the business market and compete with Intel. Opteron, in keeping with the company's original launch date, is set to officially debut on April 22 in New York City.
After two and a half years of fairly flawless manufacturing, AMD found itself once again mired in delays in 2002. A number of its Athlon chips were subject to delays last year. Athlon 64, originally slated for the end of 2001, was set to come out at the end of last year, but in September the company pushed it back to the first quarter of 2003. Intel has been able to capitalize on many of these delays and regain market share by cutting prices and boosting performance of its chips.
Dirk Meyer, senior vice president of computational products at AMD, discounted that the company was having trouble finalizing the Athlon 64 architecture. New chips are always subject to delays, he noted, an assertion backed up by semiconductor history.