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Clock generator problem delayed Hammer introduction

800 MHz was the limit last June
Tue Jan 21 2003, 07:51
WHEN WE WERE at AMD's Fab 30 in Dresden last week we heard that the firm's first silicon, which it showed off at Computex Taipei last year, had a major problem with the clock generator.

We knew, and it was confirmed in one of our story, that the silicon at Computex 2002 was frozen at only 800MHz.

We heard at the time that this could be due to problems with the clock generator but in fact the official position from AMD was that it wanted to keep the leashes on the motherboard makers.

Richard Heye, from AMD, reckoned he didn't want mobo makers to overclock the Hammer.

We now have every reason to believe that the delay to Hammer had something to do with this error. But it's now fixed, it appears.

In fact, it seems that it was the clock generator problem which held everything back. And that cost AMD dearly in PR - and we mean public relations, not clock speed, terms. µ

See Also
AMD limits Clawhammer to 800MHz
AMD's Hammers likely to be delayed
Clawhammer smurfs on a crest of speculation
Full Computex 2002 coverage


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