- SledgeHammer samples are not shipping (The Register was wrong)
- The SledgeHammer chip is but one in a family of "Hammer"-codenamed CPUs
- x86-64 will use essentially the same instruction set, but with lots more registers
- AMD's x86-64 processors will support 3DNow!, SSE, and SSE2 instructions
- The most advanced processor in the line will be the MC Hammer. AMD's planned marketing slogan: "Can't touch this."
Bill also speculates that 64-bit versions of Linux should be available for x86-64 in fairly short order. Should be a very powerful combination.
And speak of the devil, as I write, this just popped into my inbox:
SUNNYVALE, CA-AUGUST 10, 2000 -AMD today publicly released the x86-64(tm) Architecture Programmers Overview, the instruction manual the software community can use to begin incorporating x86-64 technology support in their operating systems, applications, drivers and development tools. AMD's x86-64 technology will first be supported in the family of processors codenamed "Hammer," planned to be announced at the end of 2001.The rest of the press release is available here, and you can read AMD's overview of the technology for yourself right here. If AMD manages to sell this tech to enough OEMs and software developers, the days of Intel's dominance in the processor market may actually be numbered.
"Sun Microsystems' Solaris team is very excited about AMD's x86-64 technology. We applaud AMD's ISV compatibility and upgrade strategy as well as their open technology announcement today. We will be following their progress closely as this technology comes to market," said Anil Gadre, vice president and general manager for Solaris at Sun Microsystems.