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AMD says 1.4GHz Athlon due ‘early June’

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AMD has confirmed that it will announce a faster desktop Athlon next month.

All of which was largely expected, of course, but it's nice to get it straight from the horse's mouth.

The confirmation came from an AMD spokeswoman in Hong Kong, Bloomberg reports. "The product will be announced early in June," she said.

Now, we were expecting AMD's server/workstation-oriented Athlon to be launched on 4 June, along with the AMD760 SMP-oriented chipset it will run on. So will AMD launch the desktop and the server part on the 4th, or have the reports mistaken the former for the latter?

Certainly, the server-oriented Athlon is due to ship before the desktop version - the former is due this quarter, the desktop CPU in early Q3.

The part will launch at 1.4GHz, but Bloomberg also notes an SIS spokesman who claimed that "according to AMD's information, it will offer versions of the chip that run up to 1.7GHz".

A 1.4GHz Athlon part began appearing on chip resellers' Web sites late last month, with long lead times. ®

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