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05/12/04 'Odessa' core lowers power on Athlon 64 - Silicon Strategies
"The Odessa core was previously scheduled for introduction in a 90-nm manufacturing process but the spokesperson said: "We revise our product roadmap to reflect changing technologies and customer needs. We are in the process of updating our public roadmap at this time. The 90nm core to which you are referring is on track; it will have a different name in our updated roadmap.""

02/10/04
Athlon 64 enters mass market - the inquirer
"SIS and Via, he said, have chipsets with built in graphics accelerators, which is why system builders are able to pare costs, but says the performance of these companion chips are "mediocre" when compared to separate graphics cards which cost $100-$200 more."

12/11/03
Athlon 64 multiplier locked? - the inquirer
"Well, the Epox 8HDA+ motherboard based on VIA's K8T800 just got new a bios that even unlocks the multiplier on your CPU, as well as the voltages of your CPU, memory and AGP. The FSB unlocks too, of course. The new bios includes suggested multiplier settings, but if you move these from 10 to 11 on an Athlon 64 chip, nothing happens. "

12/10/03
Emachines sneaks in Athlon 64 desktop - CNET
"Emachines, HP, Dell, Gateway and others are aiming for those markets with their Athlon 64 desktops, gaming machines and Media Center PCs, all of which carry prices well above those of the average PC, but also include features designed to attract buyers who are willing to pay for them. "

12/10/03
Athlon 64 Hits The Store Shelves - TechWeb
"Hewlett-Packard is selling Athlon 64-based PCs only from its Web site at this time. Most other PC manufacturers including Dell and Gateway are developing models based on the AMD chip. Advanced Micro Devices unveiled the product in September"

11/19/03
Atheros Delivers Advanced Wireless LAN Chipsets for PCs Featuring the AMD Athlon 64
Atheros Communications, a leading developer of advanced multimode wireless LAN chipsets, announced its support for the new AMD Athlon 64. The Atheros AR5004X universal 802.11a/b/g chipset and the AR5004G 802.11b/g chipset, when combined with the AMD Athlon 64, can provide advanced computing experiences.  This new  “cinematic computing” platform is capable of handling the most demanding interactive multimedia applications. Combined with the AMD Athlon 64, the Atheros AR5004G 802.11b/g chipset allows notebook systems to stay connected for longer distances, deliver higher throughput and use less power than other wireless devices. The Atheros Super G and Super A/G performance enhancement technologies deliver 108Mbps data links with an actual end-user TCP/IP throughput of up to 90Mbps in 802.11a/b/g, 802.11b/g and 802.11a wireless networks. Additionally, the Atheros eXtended Range (XR) technology effectively doubles the range of Wi-Fi products while simultaneously consuming up to 95 percent less power than wireless devices in Centrino-based notebooks. This benchmark shows that PCs based on the new AMD Athlon 64 processor and Atheros’ wireless LAN chipsets can offer higher wireless performance than Intel Centrino processor-based designs.

11/04/03
AMD Athlon FX-53 to Emerge Before Year End? - X-bit labs
"AMD’s Athlon 64 and 64 FX microprocessors are produced in Fab 30 based in Dresden, Germany using a 0.13 micron fabrication process with Silicon-on-Insulator technology originally developed by IBM to boost semiconductors’ performance efficiency. Due to a very complex design, AMD’s Athlon 64-series chips are not that good in terms of overclocking. As a consequence, 2.40GHz clock-speed may not be achievable in commercial quantities of the chips. "

11/03/03
All-power control for AMD Athlon 64 designs - ElectronicsTalk
"The Endura ISL6244 is a new multiphase synchronous-buck PWM controller with a 5bit voltage identification (VID) input optimised for new AMD Athlon 64 processors used in notebook PCs."

11/03/03
AMD Athlon 64 Processor-Based Custom White Box Desktops Now at Avnet Computing
Avnet Computing Components -- an AMD Athlon 64 processor authorized distributor -- today announced the immediate availability of AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Athlon 64 FX processors through Avnet, in conjunction with the worldwide launch of the AMD Athlon 64 processor family.

10/30/03
AMD Confirms Socket 940, Socket 754 AMD Athlon 64 CPUs Next Year - X-bit labs
"Micro-architecture of AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 inherited from the Opteron processor Series 100 requires the chip to work with registered memory modules. Therefore, the Athlon 64 FX CPUs for Socket 940 coming next year will require registered memory as well. At the same time, all AMD Athlon 64 processors with dual-channel memory support in 939-pin package are not expected to entail registered memory sticks."

10/29/03 AMD to sell 64 FX 940, 939 side by side next year - the inquirer
"Athlon FX models that are likely to be available in both 939 and 940 pin variants should include at least Athlon 64 FX 53, 55 and 57. This extends the value proposition to initial Athlon 64 FX 51 940 pin adopters and if revealed earlier, might well have increased the positive coverage AMD got following the introduction of the Athlon 64 family in September"

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