by Anton Shilov
08/21/2003 | 11:32 AM
While there are still loads of rumours, unofficial claims and suggestions about AMD’s release of the decade, there are unfortunately very few precise details on the matter. Sources from all around the world supplied us with some details in regards AMD’s short-term future plans and now we are sharing these facts with you.
On the September 23rd AMD will unveil both versions of AMD Athlon 64 series processors: with single-channel and dual-channel memory controllers. The former will be branded as the Athlon 64 and will utilize Socket 754, the latter will be called the Athlon 64 FX and will use Socket 940.
Currently AMD plans two Socket 754 processors this year: Athlon 64 3200+ and Athlon 64 3400+ clocked at 2.0 and 2.20GHz respectively. The 2.0GHz (3200+) part will be available immediately on the 23rd of September for approximately $400, whereas the 2.20GHz devices with 3400+ speed grade will come in October or November, unofficial sources claim.
The Athlon 64 FX in Socket 940 package and dual-channel DDR SDRAM memory controller will utilize a bit different branding method that still to be announced. In overall, I would expect 2.0GHz CPU to be available in late September for the rumoured price of roughly $700.
Such high CPU pricing will hardly allow AMD to sell a lot of its new 64-bit processors for desktop computers this year. AMD seems to understand this, and analysts estimate that the Sunnyvale, California-based firm will sell approximately 300 thousands of Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX chips this year. In early next year the situation will improve tangibly for AMD and it is expected that the firm will ship 1.5 and 3.0 million of its desktop Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX processors in the Q1 and the Q2 respectively.