Trademark owned by the company AMD. Under it, productive processors for personal computers are produced.
The world first learned about Athlon on June 23, 1999. Exactly then Advanced Micro Devices introduced a serious competitor Pentium III.
New processors quickly found their fans. Their main advantage was a lower cost with a very good performance, not much inferior (and sometimes even superior) to the capabilities of competitors. Others chose processors AMDas an opportunity to get out of the monopoly Intel. And sometimes, users choose Athlon just as an "addition" to the selected interesting motherboards (which, as you know, are tailored for a specific type of processor), which have some interesting feature.
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With the advent Athlon a "great confrontation" began between Intel и AMD, which continues to this day. However, the latter has not yet been able to really compete with the creator Pentium. But still, whole books can be written about this confrontation. They didn’t win, but they made a lot of noise.
Word Athlon Ancient Greek - it means "winner in the competition." The largest processor manufacturers are generally partial to Latin and Greek.
First Athlon, which broke the 1 GHz milestone, appeared on March 6, 2000 - one of the first high-profile achievements AMD. Intel overcame this milestone a little later.
Over the years, processors Athlon repeatedly changed and improved. Athlon 64 and Athlon XP versions appeared. Like Intel in the case of Pentium, AMD did not want to quickly part with the "run-in" brand. Now it is gradually being replaced by a new brand - Phenom.
Other "processor" brands owned AMD: Phenom, Opteron, Sempron, Duron (out of production).