AMD is ready to start shipping Athlon processors, codenamed Thoroughbred and made using a 0.13-micron process, to customers later this month, the firm said at CeBit in Hanover today.
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Though few details have been made available, the switch should mean faster Athlon chips that require less power.
The announcement of the switch to a 0.13-micron process came as AMD introduced three additions to its Athlon processor line: Athlon XP 2100+ for desktop PCs, Mobile Athlon 4 1600+ for notebooks and Athlon MP 2000+ for servers and workstations.
Currently Athlon chips are produced using a 0.18-micron process. Switching to the more advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing process allows AMD to put more chips on a single wafer as the 0.13-micron chips are around 38 percent smaller than Athlon XP chips made using the 0.18-micron process, the company said.
AMD did not disclose the clock speeds of the Thoroughbred chips that would begin shipping to customers this month but the 0.13-micron process opens the door to Athlon chips that run at higher clock speeds and consume less power than chips made using the 0.18-micron process.
AMD first demonstrated the Thoroughbred processor at the Comdex tradeshow in November last year.