Chipmaker AMD's in-development 'Hammer' processor technology won't make it to market until the back end of 2002, the firm has admitted.
AMD said the delay was to align the Hammer family with the adoption of Silicon on Insulator (SOI), a manufacturing technology licensed by AMD from IBM.
SOI adds a layer of oxide material between the transistor and the silicon it rests on inside a chip. This insulates the transistor and reduces the amount of energy it loses, allowing it to run faster and consume less power.
Analysts told US media that AMD may have pushed back the Hammer cores because the firm felt there was no urgency in the market for them and it would be better served spending more time on development.
The firm also said it also plans to extend the availability of its Athlon processors into late 2003.
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