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 6:33:02 PM
English is so very irritating that way, isn't it? The word is spelled with an 'e', yet the dictionary says it's pronounced as an 'i'? Whatever. I've said feh-nominal and fi-nominal several times, and the difference is very hard to detect. Oddly, short words with precisely the same vowel sounds like 'pet' and 'pit' do sound different.
This is one thing I really liked about learning Italian: there are very precise pronounciation rules, and they always apply. a='ah', e='A', i='ee', o='oh', u='oo'. Every word, every time. I'm sure there are a few odd words where the rules are broken, but it's not like English where every third word needs it's own set of rules.
5/3/2007 7:52:04 PM
You think english has too many exceptions?
Take a look at french, my friend...
5/4/2007 12:16:10 AM
I prefer not to.
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