AMD’s demonstration featured “Hammer” running both a 64-bit Linux and 32-bit Microsoft® Windows® operating system. The AMD “Hammer” processors were manufactured on 0.13 micron, Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology, which together enable higher performance and lower power consumption.Unfortunately, the press release goes on to mention this:
AMD expects to begin shipping the first version of the “Hammer” family of processors at the end of 2002.For those of you waiting to upgrade to Hammer, it's going to be a while longer yet.
Intel, on the other hand, is stubbornly pursuing McKinley. This latest Hammer delay gives Intel even more time to get the kinks in its IA-64 platform worked out and developers on board with optimized applications before it has to face off against AMD's 64-bit offering.