HP & Fujitsu-Siemens ship first Athlon XP 2200+ PCs

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched a new Athlon XP processor and said the first PCs to feature the chip will come from...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched a new Athlon XP processor and said the first PCs to feature the chip will come from Fujitsu Siemens in Europe and Hewlett-Packard in the USA.

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.

HP is offering the processor as part of its configure to order program in its Presario 8000Z home desktop line and in the Pavilion 562 home desktop line.

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.

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