AMD’s Merced-killer waiting in wings

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AMD's Merced-killer waiting in wings

The follow-on to the Athlon chip – AMD’s 64-bit chip K8 chip – is due to be publicly discussed for the first time next week.

Destined to compete against Intel’s Merced, the K8 will join AMD’s upcoming Athlon Ultra chips in targeting the lucrative server and workstation market.

Details on the K8 and future Athlons will be one of a number of revelations at the Microprocessor Forum in Silicon Valley next week.

Also at the event, Compaq Computer is expected to provide details of its Alpha EV8 server chip, which is due to debut at 1.6GHz.

For its part, IBM will discuss its upcoming Power4 chip, which fuses two separate processors onto one piece of silicon.

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