SAN FRANCISCO (09/19/2003) - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will launch its long-awaited 64-bit Athlon64 processor next week at an event in San Francisco. The chip runs both 64-bit and 32-bit applications on a PC with a 64-bit operating system. Desktops and notebooks will be available with the process as of Tuesday. Competitor Intel Corp. has not given any sign that it plans to release a 64-bit desktop processor in the near future. Rather than trying to sell a processor that would require the rewriting of thousands of desktop applications, Intel is expected to develop a hybrid 32-bit/64-bit chip similar to AMD's.