Though AMD released its Athlon XP 2600+ last month, supplies are scarce and only two vendors list the new processor on Pricewatch. One of those vendors is taking pre-orders only, and doesn't expect the new chip until October. Intel's Pentium 4 2.8GHz, on the other hand, is widely available from dozens of vendors, if you're willing to pay the processor's higher price.
Automated process controls may help AMD push more processors into the channel at a quicker pace and with a higher margin. Let's hope AMD can keep the delay between Hammer's official release and its actual channel availability as low as possible.