AMD to develop new Palomino chip in lieu of Mustang

InfoWorld |  Hardware

LAS VEGAS -- Advanced Micro Devices will delay the production of its Mustang processor and concentrate instead on the development of the Palomino line of processors, according to Bob Mitton, a representative for AMD's Enterprise Products and Computation Products Group.

The Mustang line, which was never given an exact launch date by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company, was a larger cache version of AMD's Athlon processor targeted for the server/workstation market, performance and value desktop PCs, and the mobile market, Mitton said.

Mitton said AMD had "evaluated the market and found our customers wanted us to concentrate more on Palomino."

The recently announced Palomino chip family is targeted at the server/workstation market and the mobile space. Another chip, code-named Morgan, which is scheduled to ship along with Palomino in the second half of 2001, will serve the value PC market, Mitton said.

Palomino will operate in the 1.2GHz-plus range and will use both the AMD 750 and 760 chip sets, depending on system configuration. There is no word yet as to the difference in cache size as compared to the temporarily shelved Mustang, Mitton said.

Mitton also said AMD intends to be the first chip maker to offer equipment manufacturers a 64-bit mobile processor for their laptop computers.

Mitton detailed a processor road map for AMD that led to not only the company's Sledgehammer 64-bit processor, which was announced last August and is scheduled for production in the first quarter of 2001, but also an eighth-generation mobile processor called Clawhammer.

According to Mitton, Clawhammer will be the mobile equivalent to Sledgehammer, which represents AMD's 64-bit computing strategy in the same way that the much-anticipated Itanium processor represents Intel's 64-bit strategy.

Representative from both AMD and Intel have said repeatedly that the initial market for both SledgeHammer and Itanium in the enterprise computing space will be limited, at first, to large calculation-intensive databases.

But Mitton defends the prospect of a 64-bit mobile computer.

"I'll provide you with the technology and let the market do the deciding. It's difficult to say 64-bit will not find a home in mobile devices," Mitton said.

Mobile peer-to-peer computing and interfacing via laptop computer with large databases are two possible applications for a 64-bit mobile chip, Mitton said.

Also in early 2001, AMD will follow Intel in implementing 0.13-micron technology for processors manufactured at AMD's Dresden, Germany fabrication plant, Mitton said.

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