AMD's Mustang is dog food

Server chip heads for the knackers yard

Chimpzilla has brought out the humane killer for its planned Mustang processor. The company declined to comment on the specifics of its demise, but an inability to support a L2 cache bigger than 1MB had called into question its suitability for high-end server use.

Mustang was planned as an enhanced version of the Athlon processor with reduced core size, support for mobile features, lower power requirements and a large on-die L2 cache. The 0.18 micron copper part was aimed at the high-performance server/workstation market, value/performance desktop, and mobile markets.

"Mustang isn't currently on our roadmap," said an AMD representative. "But we think that the AMD-760 MP chipset, with its dual-processor capability, will be an excellent offering for the server market."

Palomino, an enhanced version of Mustang, is now being positioned as both a desktop processor and as being suitable for single processor and SMP servers. ®

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