Opteron is coming

The Inquirer has pieced together some interesting information on AMD's upcoming Sledgehammer processors that's definitely worth a look. I wouldn't take any of the information in either story as gospel, but chances are that most of it is probably right.

According to The Inquirer's articles, Sledgehammer server chips will launch in Q1 at speeds of 1.4 and 1.6GHz, with 1.8 and 2.0GHz variants coming in Q2. A version of Sledgehammer targeted at single-processor workstations will also appear in Q2. In 2004, AMD is apparently set to introduce 0.09-micron SOI Hammer processors that support DDRII-400.

It will be interesting to see just how competitive Opteron server processors will be at only 1.4 and 1.6GHz. Given AMD's current position, launching early and a little slow is probably better than holding off and waiting for yields of 2GHz chips to improve.

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