AMD will ship the Athlon 64 in August, well ahead of its September launch, Taiwanese motherboard-maker sources claim.
So reports DigiTimes, and we're not surprised. If the claims are accurate, then AMD is shipping the Athlon 64 early to ensure motherboard vendors and system suppliers are able to ship products based on the chip on the day of its official debut.
It's an old trick often used by AMD's arch-rival, Intel. It allows the chip maker to launch a processor safe in the knowledge that punters will be able to go straight out and buy one.
Of course, these pre-launch chips often go on sale early in Japan and the Far East in any case, and it will be interesting to see when Athlon 64s appear in Tokyo shop windows.
According to DigiTimes, the chips AMD is shipping ahead of time are the 3100+ and 3400+ Athlon 64s. ®