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Nowadays, even as the lines at the employment office continue to grow, engineering skills are in greater demand than ever. After the Thoroughbred "A" core did not bring about the success that was hoped for, despite the shrink in die size to 0.13 micron, AMD wanted to quickly introduce the Athlon XP with the Barton core. The concept behind this was that, in the short term, a larger cache would make up for the performance gap between it and Intel.
However, at the last minute, AMD developers in Dresden (called "Fab 30") made a breakthrough: suddenly, introducing the Thoroughbred "B" would make it possible to achieve significantly higher clock speeds, and so now an early launch of the Barton is no longer necessary. Moreover, this new development presents completely new possibilities, so the Athlon XP should continue to be available on the market for a while. It's all thanks to the former Robotron engineers.