Taipei, Taiwan in september is a warm and perpetually busy place. Postponed from its original time slot in June, Computex 2003 had easily put SARS behind it and the focus was now turned to providing results. The last year has not been an easy one for the computer industry, and ensuring that 2004 is, belies the point that real jobs are on the line in the computer manufacturers.
Manufacturing is after all is a large component of the Taiwan industry, and in sitting down to talk with several representatives is was reassuring to discover there are indeed some very new, and very cool products on the way to our store shelves.
As you're already aware, the 23rd was the official launch of the AMD Athlon64 3200+ and Athlon64 FX51 processors. These two chips signal a historic change in the world of microprocessing - the switch from 32-bit computers and software to 64-bit.