Big Amd/hammer News !

By boeingfixer
Apr 24, 2002
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  1. Hey gang,

    I listened in on AMD's conference call today talking about the Hammer, which is now called Opteron. There was a ton of stuff they talked about. Here are the high points and related links.

    Duron out as in gone

    Opteron is hammer for servers (sledge hammer)

    AMD AThlon (the name we all love) is staying for Claw Hammer, but will probably have a subtitle like Athlon XP+ or Athlon 64

    64 bit proccessing will be for all including End-users(thats us!!)

    First Athlon (64 ?) will be out in Q-4 of this year !!

    Full stories here.

    Opteron Article

    Call notes and press release
  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Full article here: http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1611
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    According to www.slashdot.org :

  4. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,327

    Opteron though... still I suppose most disliked "GeForce 256" initially too.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    I liked the name Athlon. Athlon is from the greek, meaning "prize", from where we derive the words Athlete (prize winner), Decathlon (the prize of 10 events), etc...

    A good name that suggested connotations of power, strength.

    Then we have "Duron", which suggests "endurance".

    But "Opteron"??? It sounds like something someone made up on the spot.

    "We need a cool name for this name chip...."

    "Erm... Okay.... Erm.... Pooferon? Magnatron? Oh, I know, Opteron!"

    "Cool!"

    Octon might have been a good bit better, since this is a K8 CPU. Or "Octeron". But "Opteron" seems a little weird....
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Let's face it.. The name "Opteron" is awful.

    It sounds like a a new Transformers figure
  7. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 1,245

    Yeah I am with you there, when I was on the conference call, the V.P. had to catch himself from NOT saying Athlon, he just couldn't get OPTERON out. One of their points was building on what Athlon has done for AMD in the past few couple of years. I would have kept the Athlon theme and named it something like Athlon 64 or Hammerthon or something....but not Opteron...or even Opterthon.
  8. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    I almost thought it was an old transformers name ;)

    [​IMG]
  9. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504


    Hehehehhe! LOL! :) ;)

    Those were the Decepticons I believe... The coolest ones were the leader one which transformed into a gun, and the second in command that turned into a tape deck. It had a cassette inside that also transformed into a kind of flying bird, and I think if you were a real transformers freak (not quite as bad as me!) you could get extra transformer tapes for it as well.

    Transformers.... More than Meets the Eye!!



    I can think of hundreds of names that sound cooler. Why not something from Roman or Greek mythology? I thought perhaps Hyperion would have been a lot better....

    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/1664/h.html


    The AMD Hyperion
    (pronounced AMD Hi-peer-ee-on)

    Now that's a chip I want to buy!
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Try saying that with a speech impediment.... ;)
  11. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    Optimus Prime (the image above) was an autobot, transformed from a truck...

    Megatron was the evil decepticon gun transformer.

    "Transformers.... Robots in disguise"
    I have to say it always puzzled me how the decepticons could ever hide in the human world. Trucks and cars are a fairly good disguise. But a Robots disguise which is a gigantic gun.. and an obsurdly oversized tapedeck...! (I had the lame tapedeck transformer as a kid :( )
  12. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Did it break easily?? Coz I know that mine did.
  13. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    Should we add a transformer forum ;)
    I don't think the tape deck door lasted very long :(
    Had Jazz (porsche) as well but really wasn't that in to transformers at the time, maybe the fault of that darn tapedeck!

    (I think mines was red... I had forgotten about the heat colour changing stickers you got with them :haha: )
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Opteron Prime...
  15. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    Will the processor transform into a gun and kill Intel?
  16. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    Its not a match for the power of the evil Intel Itanium

    KICK ***!
  17. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,508   +81

    What does it transform into? :confused:
  18. boeingfixer

    boeingfixer Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 1,245

    A bomb, if it is in a place that it "sniffs" other Intel products in, it sends out a signal that melts down the Intel CPU forcing people to buy the better Opteron.

    And then in August of 1997, when Sky Net goes fully auto, it cannot be unplugged, and creats a world of super inhumane machines that try to kill this chick named Sarah......

    Wait, this sounds like a great movie....I'll get back with you guys, i gotta write this down....
  19. uncleel

    uncleel Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,145

    Heat Spreader

    MaximumPC
  20. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 6,504

    At last!!! I HATE THAT AMD CORE AND THAT CRAP HSF!!!

    Thankyou!
  21. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Any word on the thermal diode ?

    I know it was introduced with the Palomino core but it was never used by the board makers. Maybe AMD could pressure them in adding some extra circuitry to use the internal diode.
  22. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    Funny fact here. You can complain about the Opteron name but Intel has registered the www.opteon.com domaine quite a while ago.

    Opteon vs Opteron ? Now that would be weird.:confused:

    Intel vs. AMD
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