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AMD, Intel crank up high-end chip fight

Is it a chip war or a Greek melodrama? In this corner, AMD will pit its SledgeHammer against Intel's Itanium, while in the other corner, Athlon takes on the Pentium III.

 

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Is it a chip war or a Greek melodrama? In this corner, AMD will pit its SledgeHammer against Intel's Itanium, while in the other corner, Athlon takes on the Pentium III.

"It's been more aggravated by the situation in Taiwan."

- Ashok Kumar, an analyst at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. regarding the supply of Athlon-based PCs.

 


AMD takes "SledgeHammer" to Intel
The new chip marks AMD's attempt to get into the lucrative market for server and workstation processors, a segment it has long coveted, to compete with rival Intel.

Intel names Merced chip Itanium
update Itanium will be the official name of Intel's Merced processor, and the company will provide more details on the microarchitecture of the chip at the Microprocessor Forum.

AMD speeds up Athlon chip
The new chip means that AMD will continue to enjoy a speed and performance advantage over Intel's top chips, analysts say.