Advanced Micro Devices launched its latest Athlon XP processor on Monday and said the first machines to feature the processor will come from Hewlett-Packard in the US and Fujitsu Siemens Computers in Europe.
AMD, which has stopped announcing the clock speed of its Athlon processors, has given the chip a performance rating of 2200+ marking a jump from the current fastest Athlon XP 2100+ processor. The clock speed of the new chip is 1.8GHz against 1.733GHz for the 2100+, according to HP's Web site.
HP is offering the processor as part of its configure-to-order program in its Presario 8000Z home desktop line from Monday and in the Pavilion 562 home desktop line from Wednesday, said AMD. Machines from HP featuring the 2200+ processor have a $US50 premium on computers with a 2100+ processor and otherwise identical configuration.
In addition to being the fastest Athlon XP processor to date, the 2200+ is also the first chip from the company to feature its 0.13-micron Thoroughbred core. The chip is produced in Dresden, Germany, using a more advanced production method than current Athlon XP processors, which are manufactured on 0.18-micron lines.
The more advanced 0.13-micron production, which rival Intel has already begun using, enables semiconductor makers to cut the comparative power consumption and boost performance of chips while also shrinking their physical size. This last step means the company can get more chips out of each silicon wafer and so reduce costs.