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Processor state of the union

AMD says its upcoming Hammer chips will ease bottlenecks, Intel's P6 lives on in the Banias line, and both chipmakers prepare to announce quarterly earnings.

Advanced Micro Devices says its upcoming Hammer chips will ease processing bottlenecks, Intel's P6 lives on in the Banias line, and both chipmakers prepare to announce quarterly earnings. For AMD's new chips, connection is key
Hammer, due next year, will speed up or cut out many data paths, and a memory controller will be integrated into the processor to eliminate bottlenecks.
October 16, 2001 
Big chipmakers set tempo for sector
AMD, IBM and Intel, among others, will unveil new details about forthcoming chips at an industry trade show this week. Also, earnings on tap for AMD, Intel.
October 15, 2001 
Intel's P6 chip architecture not dead yet
Banias, a low-power chip for notebooks and Net devices, will be based on the older Pentium processor design that's being phased out in other Intel product lines.
October 15, 2001 
Mobile Pentium 4 to debut above 1.5GHz
Intel's Pentium 4 for mobile computers will come out at speeds above 1.5GHz in the first half of next year, but it won't be matched with memory based on technology from Rambus.
October 15, 2001 
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Chip design start-up raises $30 million
Celoxica, whose software lets computers take over chip design work currently done by humans, gets the money in its fourth round of funding.
October 14, 2001 
PowerPC chip to reach 1GHz
IBM will take the wraps off a gigahertz-capable PowerPC chip at the Microprocessor Forum, one of the year's top events for the silicon set.
October 12, 2001 
Will timing of next Pentium 4 help AMD?
Intel won't release the next version of the Pentium 4 until early 2002, sources say, in a move that will likely put the performance crown back on AMD's head--at least for a short time.
October 11, 2001 
IBM's new chips slash power consumption
The computing giant is coming out with a new line of PowerPC chips that will consume less power by shutting down parts of the chip that aren't in use.
October 11, 2001 
Results mixed from Athlon, Pentium tests
The benchmark tests on AMD's new Athlon XP processor and Intel's Pentium 4 show no clear winner of the performance crown.
October 9, 2001 
AMD shuffles numbers with new Athlon
update The new Athlon XP processors arrive, and the question remains whether the company can get the public to forget about megahertz.
October 9, 2001 
Next Crusoe chip bogged down
Notebooks with the next version of the Crusoe chip are due out soon, although Transmeta's CEO says the company is "still completing tests on long-term operating life."
October 9, 2001