So we're not surprised to see that the marchitecture department at AMD is setting out a whole bunch of rules about what people may or may not do when describing the two Hammer chips - the Lateron (Opteron) or Evenlateron (Athlon 64) microprocessors.
The plastic Hammer wielded by this delightful AMD lady above at Computex last year, has now been confiscated. AMD distributed thousands of these plastic hammers to visitors of the show last year. If you're an AMD partner and you're still in position of a plastic Hammer, turn yourself in to the authorities straight away.
The Laterons are expected now to ship in big quantities round about June or so, although several system integrators have NewIsys boxes ready to go. So far, on the lower end, MSI has a very stable motherboard, and Tyan is close to being able to ship its, in quantity.
IBM is going to ship its Opterons "Lateron", like other bigger OEMs.
When you do get your hands on these chips, and boards remember the following.
First of all, AMD "partners" must never ever use the X86-64 label anymore. These chips are called AMD64. And you mustn't use the word Hammer when describing the Hammer chips.
Don't go designing your own logos either. This is absolutely forbidden.
As the marchitectural engineers say: "These guidelines direct that AMD64 be used in text only. AMD partners must not create any special graphical treatment, stylized text, or logos for AMD64".
"AMD64 defines a new computing platform that is designed to be fully compatible with x86. AMD64 should be employed as the name of the platform, and it replaces terms that once served as a platform-name placeholder. Substituting "AMD64" or "AMD64 ISA" for "x86-64" should be done for all new publications and a transition to AMD64 should be implemented in all Web and softcopy content".
The reason for this appears to be not that AMD is following Microsoft, which calls its OS AMD64, but because AMD64 "is a 64-bit" platform.
Here's the link to the complete PDF. µ
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