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Server chip heads for the knackers yard

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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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