The chip company said it will introduce its long-awaited Barton core on February 10. The Barton core for the AMD Athlon XP desktop processor features 512K of level 2 on-chip cache, up from the 256K of L2 cache on current Athlon XP chips based on the Thoroughbred core.
While the first Barton chip, the AMD Athlon XP 3000+ processor, is being introduced in February, AMD will roll out another Barton chip, the Athlon XP 3200+ processor, in mid-2003, the company said.
The Barton core will offer users a performance increase, since the expanded cache allows for more data storage closer to the CPU. Processor design for the 64-bit chips also would allow for faster computing, but to get the performance boost, applications must be built specifically to take advantage of the new architecture.
The benefits delivered by the Barton core allow AMD to satisfy users' demands for the highest performance possible as they await 64-bit desktop operating systems, Abbinanti said.
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