AMD is not going to forget the Socket A market as well in 2003. This quarter the world will witness the Athlon XP “Barton" processors with 2500+, 2800+ and 3000+ model numbers, while in the second quarter AMD will unveil the final Barton chip with 3200+ rating. The “Thoroughbred" and “Barton" will remain until the end of the year, migrating to the low-end market segment in the second and fourth quarters respectively. Therefore, the powerful Socket A chips with rating numbers from 2000+ to 3200+ are to compete with the higher-end Celerons and lower-end Pentium 4 processors with 400 and 533MHz bus, while the Athlon 64 “Paris" is here to battle with the middle-end Pentium 4 “Northwood" chips with 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus and the Hyper-Threading technology.
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