AMD to Drop "Athlon" Moniker on the High End
May 2, 2007 9:48 AM
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AMD has big changes with K10, including a new brand
Over the next two weeks AMD will slowly begin to introduce its new brand name for high end desktop CPUs. The brand, Phenom, will succeed Athlon on all K10 offerings.
will be labeled as Phenom X2; quad-core Agena as Phenom X4. The halo products,
and its family, will receive the brand name Phenom FX.
Phenom is pronounced as an abbreviated version of the word "phenomenal." AMD's guidance states that the company will promote its Phenom X4 and X2 processors under the premise that Phenom allows its users to "experience the Phenomenal."
The company will still retain its Athlon and Sempron brand names -- Athlon on its mid-range products and Sempron on up the low-end.
Brand image is not the only nomenclature changing with AMD's next-generation processors. This summer, the company will start to phase out its descriptive SKU system for something
a little more esoteric
"Athlon 64 X2 4000+ 45W 1MB L2
," for example, will be renamed the "AMD
AMD representatives would not reveal the naming strategy for its Agena, Kuma and Rana processors, though they were able to confirm the K10 family would get names similar to the rollout ocurring on the low-power 65nm processors.
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5/3/2007 1:23:54 AM
Athlon was like a marathon. or Decathalon.
a long runner, arduous, competitor type.
Pentium = winner, pinnacle, already there. the Ium, stands for metal, solid, has that metallic machine ring to it. perfect marketing word for a chip
Athlon = Underdog = nice to see fight but for business you buy the pinnacle already there.
Phenom. takes the PENM from pentium.
Is a sci-fi word
Enigmatic, yet out of this world, above this world.
Nothing to do with athlon besides the ON. you associate it with athlon in your mind somehow mildly.
Great term, looks awesome with X2 X4 after it. very alien sci fi yet has polish.
Core 2 duo. thats freaking retarded name. 2 duo is redundant, core is ok though. word number word glues into your memory VERY well. but its a stupid word number word. Duo is like dynamic duo. now, I love Batman and robin, but that is the only pleasant reference to duo that comes to mind.
Phenom. thats hot. green athlon = old school 80's runner with addidas nylon shorts and white/green sneakers. ew.
5/3/2007 4:32:24 AM
And I always thought "pent" was just a fancy word for "five"...
5/3/2007 11:30:29 PM
well, if you sold cookies on the street, maybe, but not when you are trying to mind screw 5 billion people.
im a psychotherapist and I am starting my own research group in NYCity at the moment. I know all about mind screwing :(
Pent is the "it makes sense yeah" then the subconscious reacts to the "no it can't be that" things, and it like rapes your mind gently, with a smile.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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