AMD feels the pressure from Intel and tries to anticipate the time for the launch of new products.
The Sunnyvale company could indeed present a new series of processors, the Athlon XP 2400+ and the Athlon 2600+, by the end of this month, expected only for autumn.
The new chips will have the task of contrasting the new 2.8 Ghz Pentiums that Intel also intends to anticipate compared to the forecasts to stimulate demand.
The new Athlons will not be able to compete with the nominal speeds of the Pentium 4. At the moment the fastest of the AMD processors reaches 1.8 GHz, the Athlon XP 2400+ and Athlon 2600+ should have speeds between 2.06 and 2.2 GHz.
Despite the fact that Athlons have managed to keep up with real Pentium performances to date, although these are nominally faster, the risk that the gap in MegaHertz may now be too high. Hence the decision to make some other changes.
On site there is an increase in the speed of the front side bus to 333 MHz and the adoption of DDR SDRAM memories from 333 Mhz.
The moves of AMD, which has lost considerable market share over the past few months, would be for just one strategic move to take time. At the beginning of next year, in fact, the new processors of the Clawhammer series based on a new architecture that will probably be marketed as Athlon XP 3000+ will arrive on the market