Athlon Palomino to include Screaming Sindy?

Next Athlon should be a real belter

AMD's new Athlon core, codenamed Palomino, is due to ship at 1.4GHz in January, 1.5GHz in Q2 and 1.7GHz in 2H 2001. Key improvements will include much improved branch prediction, cooler running (see AMD tests 'super silicon' to beat heat problems), hardware prefetch and core optimisations to improve FPU and ALU performance.

But most intriguing is a suggestion from sources close to AMD that Palomino will also be the first AMD chip to incorporate Intel's original Screaming Sindy (Katmai) instructions first implemented with the Pentium III. AMD is known to have plans to adopt the Pentium 4's extra 144 Screaming Sindy 2 instructions, but it's thought unlikely these will appear before the arrival of the Hammer family in 2002.

AMD representatives still give a firm 'no comment' on future products. ®

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