The AMD K8 generation of CPUs is the successor to the AMD K7 generation of CPUs. K8 is the first implementation of the AMD64 64-bit x86 (x86-64) architecture. AMD logo, claiming fair use This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ... Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of different x86 processors designed and manufactured by AMD. The original Athlon, or Athlon Classic was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and, in a first, retained the initial performance lead it had over Intels competing processors for a significant... The AMD64 or x86-64 or x64 is a 64-bit processor architecture invented by AMD. It is a superset of the x86 architecture, which it natively supports. ...
The K8 Family of chips is not a large move away from the K7 Family. The most radical change is the integration of x86-64 instructions and an on-chip memory controller, eliminating the northbridge you see on k7 motherboards and Intel motherboards. The Athlon 64 X2 is the first dual-core CPU manufactured by AMD. It is essentially a processor consisting of two Athlon 64 cores joined together on one die. ... The Athlon 64 FX is an AMD K8 series processor targeted at enthusiasts. ... The Athlon 64 (codenamed ClawHammer, Newcastle, Winchester, Venice, and San Diego) represents AMDs entry into the consumer 64-bit microprocessor market, released on September 23rd, 2003. ... Sempron 3000+ Sempron is AMDs newest low-end CPU. It is replacing the Duron processor, and will compete against Intels Celeron D processor. ... The AMD Opteron is the first eighth-generation x86 processor (K8 core), and the first of AMDs AMD64 (x86-64) processors, released April 22, 2003. ...
AMD K8L is a major revision of the AMD64 microarchitecture and hardware platform, and is due mid 2007.
AMD uses a "FAB x" naming convention for their production facilities, where "x" is the number of years that have passed between the founding of AMD and the date the FAB opened.
AMD claims that the technologies that combine to make APM are unique to the industry and make it the foremost semiconductor manufacturer in the world - a fact which is lent some credence by their current agreement with Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing based in Singapore.
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