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With the hype and hot air surrounding last week's launch of the P4 cooling somewhat, we thought it was time to revisit our roadmap department and produce up to date listings of what's coming in the next few months from both AMD and Intel.

On the Athlon performance desktop, AMD plans on sampling SMP-capable Palominos at over 1.33GHz in December, with production starting in Q1 next year. By Q2 speeds should be up to 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz sometime in the second half of the year. In the same timeframe, Palomino will also appear in mobile guise, incorporating the excellent PowerNow! power management.

A little later, the next rev of Duron, codenamed Morgan, will sample at 850MHz in Q1 and enter production - possibly at 900MHz - in Q2. Duron is scheduled to hit 1GHz in the second half of next year. Morgan will also appear in mobile form with PowerNow! at as-yet undisclosed speeds.

Things really start to get exciting in the first half of 2002, as AMD moves to the 0.13 micron process and debuts its first real server products. In the Athlon space, Thoroughbred is the 0.13 micron die shrink of Palomino and promises to be faster, smaller and cooler than its predecessors. Athlon should reach 2GHz in the second half of 2002, while little Duron will be running in the region of 1.1GHz.

Thoroughbred should sample in Q4 next year with production starting in Q2 2002. Lower down, the Morgan Duron evolves into the 0.13 micron Appaloosa, sampling in Q1 2002 with production parts available in Q2. Again, both Thoroughbred and Appaloosa will be available as both desktop and mobile parts.

At the high end, ClawHammer will be AMD's first implementation of its 8th generation architecture. ClawHammer will feature the x86-64 technology aimed at rivalling Intel's IA-64 McKinley. Sampling in Q4 2001, ClawHammer will be SMP capable and go into production at the beginning of 2002.

SledgeHammer shares the x86-64 architecture of ClawHammer, but is aimed at four and eight way servers. Samples are due in Q1 2002 with production scheduled for the following quarter. ®

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