Sky Electronics to show AMD Hammer at Gitex

Sky Electronics has announced that AMD’s Hammer 64-bit processor will be on display at Gitex 2002 next week.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  October 9, 2002

Sky Electronics has announced that AMD’s 64-bit Opteron processor, code named Hammer, will be on display at Gitex 2002 next week. Sky sells Fujitsu Siemens and AOpen products based on AMD’s Athlon and Duron range but Gitex will be the first appearance of a Hammer architecture processor in the Middle East.

AMD has designed the processor to be backwards compatible with 32-bit applications unlike Intel’s Itanium 64-bit processor. The company believes that lack of application development is one of the reasons Itanium has failed to sell in the hoped for volumes and that not having to junk 32-bit apps will be a major selling point for Hammer processor based systems. At present it is claiming widespread industry support for the Hammer platform due at the end of Q2 2003, including IBM’s DB2 database and Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

There has also been an e-mail circulated from the news site suggesting that senior executives at Microsoft have seen live demonstrations and were very impressed. However, its veracity has not been proved.

AMD also announced that HP is to ship some Compaq notebooks with AMD Athlon 1400+, 1600+ and 1800+ mobile processors. Aimed at the commercial, government and educational sectors AMD sees the deal as a fillip for its mobile range. “Our customers are telling us that they need both stand-out performance and true mobility to get their work done quickly and efficiently,” said David Somo, vice president of worldwide strategic accounts for AMD.

“To meet those needs, AMD has partnered with HP to deliver the Compaq Evo Notebook N1015v, which combines superior performance and robust features to help businesses run efficiently, no matter where employees are working. AMD is committed to delivering exceptional mobile PC technology to help business users stay connected and work from anywhere-at home, the office or while traveling,” he added.

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