AMD raised the bar on its processors for servers and workstations today by bringing the multiprocessor version of its Athlon up to a clock speed of 1.6GHz.
AMD launched its Athlon MP 1900+ today and announced the 760 MPX chipset for the processor, which will be available on motherboards from manufacturers including Abit and Tyan by the end of December, AMD said.
By launching a new Athlon MP the firm is most likely trying to show its customers that it is in the multiprocessor system market for the long run.
The Athlon MP 1900+ is the first speed upgrade of AMD's multiprocessor chip, which is based on the company's QuantiSpeed architecture.
While the 1900+ runs at a clock speed of 1.6GHz, AMD believes that the QuantiSpeed architecture allows the chips to be compared favourably to chips from the competition running at up to 1.9GHz.
AMD's introduction of the multiprocessor version of the chip came in October, less than a week after the company announced its Athlon XP processor family.
AMD's 760 MPX chip set supports DDR (double data rate) ECC (error correcting code) memory, and supports two Athlon MP processors with independent 266MHz front-side busses, each supporting data transfer rates of 2.1GB per second.