Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched new versions of its Athlon processor running at 1.33GHz and 1.3GHz, increasing the speed limit from 1.2GHz on its chips for high-performance desktop machines.
John Robinson, AMD country manager for Australia and New Zealand, confirmed the new chips are currently shipping through their Australian distributors; Avnet Applied Computing, Legend Performance Technology and APD International.
"We are shipping the OEM version in Australia, without all the fanfare that is often associated with the launch of a product such as this one," Robinson said. "It is the first in a long line of new offerings we will be releasing throughout the year."
According to Robinson, AMD is saving it energies for a major launch of mobile offerings later this year.
This is part of AMD's continued ramp of its chips as it plans to have all Athlon processors at speeds of 1GHz or greater by the end of the June quarter. The 1.33 GHz and 1.3GHz chips use a high-speed memory type known as DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory), and boast 384KB of performance-boosting on-chip cache.
According to AMD the 1.33GHz chip sports a 266MHz front side bus, while the 1.3GHz processor has a 200MHz front-side bus. The bus speed affects how fast the processor can exchange data with other components in a PC.
The new 1.33 chip offers about a 7-8 per cent boost in performance compared to the 1.2GHz Athlon processor, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst with US research company Insight 64.
In addition, AMD in the US has announced that its newest Athlon and Duron cores, codenamed Palomino and Morgan, are on schedule for release later this year.Photograph: AMD's John Robinson