The new AMD Athlon XP processor, formerly codenamed ‘Palomino’ features a new, patented QuantiSpeed architecture, which AMD claim delivers up to a 25-percent performance advantage versus competitive processors on a broad array of real-world applications, in such categories as digital media, office productivity, and 3D gaming.
The new processor also includes 3DNow! Professional technology, which adds 52 new instructions, accelerating 3D performance for digital media applications such as photo, video and audio editing.
Interestingly, in its battle to convince users that clock speed isn’t everything, AMD will identify the AMD Athlon XP processor using model numbers, as opposed to clock speed in megahertz. The company is introducing 1800+, 1700+, 1600+ and 1500+ versions.
Model numbers are intended to designate the relative application performance among the various AMD Athlon XP processors, as well as communicate the architectural superiority over existing AMD Athlon processors.
The AMD Athlon XP processor features 384KB of on-chip, full-speed cache. It is compatible with AMD’s Socket A infrastructure, and supports an advanced 266MHz front-side bus.
AMD Athlon XP processors are manufactured using AMD’s 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.