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High-Flying: AMD Athlon XP 3200+ Squares Off Against Intel P4 3 GHz

Obscure Model Numbering, Continued

The third diagram again shows the percentage difference between the model numbering and the actual core clock. The Athlon XP 3200+ has the greatest gap - 31 percent.

Customers will see the CPU through different eyes. They'll assume that the "3200+" has some bearing on the chip's actual performance. As such, you shouldn't be surprised if one of your friends picks up a box with the label "3200" at the store and brags to you that he, or she, has the fastest computer.

Wafer with Barton CPUs: if everything works out right, AMD can produce 163 Barton Athlons from a single wafer, according to THG's internal calculations and data provided by experts.

CPU coreBartonThoroughbred "B"Thoroughbred "A"PalominoThunderbird
Wafer surface (200 mm diameter)31416 mm²31416 mm²31416 mm²31416 mm²31416 mm²
Die surface101 mm²84 mm²80 mm²128 mm²128 mm²
Process technology0.13 µm0.13 µm0.13 µm0.18 µm0.18 µm
Waste (approx)18%18%18%18%18%
Yield (theoretical)255 units/wafer306 units/wafer322 units/wafer201 units/wafer201 units/wafer
Yield (at 60% yield rate)153 units/wafer183 units/wafer193 units/wafer120 units/wafer120 units/wafer