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AMD announces antivirus chip

by Donna Buenaventura / March 19, 2004 1:19 PM PST

At the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) unveiled its Athlon 64 FX53 2.4 GHz processor, capable of running in 32 bits or 64 bits. The processor includes antivirus hardware. Memory is marked with page tables as unexecutable; any attempt to run executable code outside the page tables is blocked. However, the hardware antivirus protection will only work with Windows XP Service Pack 2. AMD calls 32-bit processors an "obsolete technology," and markets the 64-bit processor toward gamers.

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