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AMD Athlon 64 Set for Sept. 23 Launch

Chipmaker AMD on Wednesday set a Sept. 23 launch date for its AMD Athlon 64 processor, a 64-bit processor designed specifically for desktop and notebook PCs.

Like the AMD Opteron, a server processor launched in April, the Athlon 64 will use the x86 instruction set to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. The approach contrasts with the Intel approach with Itanium, which uses the new EPIC instruction set for 64-bit applications and ran 32-bit applications at very slow speeds. Intel is addressing the problem with a 32-bit software emulator for Itanium 2 that it is previewing for customers using the Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 beta.

AMD's Sept. 23 launch in San Francisco meets the company's public roadmaps to deliver the Athlon 64 chip in September.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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