October 24, 2001

AMD's Hammer architecture - making sense of it all

Author: JT Smith

"Judging a book by its cover alone would mean that AMD's Hammer architecture would be used in the
first 64-bit x86 microprocessors. We already know that Intel has taken a route away from x86 for their
64-bit solution, Itanium which uses a new instruction set architecture (ISA) called EPIC. The point of
this article is to not only examine the pros and cons of AMD's extension of the 32-bit x86 ISA but also
the rest of the story when it comes to Hammer since there is a lot more to this architecture than a few
more registers and greater memory addressability." Anandtech explains it all for you.


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