HANOVER, GERMANY - 13 March 2002 - At CeBIT, AMD announced that it plans to begin shipping AMD Athlon(tm) XP processors codenamed "Thoroughbred" based on .13 micron technology to customers later this month.
The move to state-of-the-art .13 process technology represents a significant evolution for the AMD Athlon processor family. With this transition, AMD expects its processors to deliver improved performance, lower power and smaller die sizes.
"AMD's leadership in manufacturing technology and outstanding design
capabilities helps ensure that this small die will give us even more
advantage in the future," said Bill Siegle, senior vice president and chief scientist, Technology Operations, AMD. "Our outstanding Fab 30 team in Dresden is already approaching mature yields for the 80mm2 'Thoroughbred' die."
On .13 micron technology, the "Thoroughbred" core of the AMD Athlon XP
processor is approximately 38 percent smaller than the current AMD Athlon XP processor on .18 process technology.
"Our closest competitor's most recently announced processor on .13 micron technology is nearly 83 percent larger than AMD's .13 process solution," Siegle said. "Moving to .13 micron technology will enable us to produce higher-performing products while lowering costs, putting us in an even stronger competitive position."
By the end of 2002, AMD expects that all of the AMD Athlon processor family will be produced on .13 micron technology. AMD also expects to begin shipping its next-generation processor codenamed "Hammer," which uses a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of the .13 micron technology, at the end of the year.