Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and was the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). It made its debut on June 23, 1999.
AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II. AMD even uses the Athlon name for some of its series of APUs targeting the Socket AM1 desktop SoC architecture.
Athlon comes from the Ancient Greek ἆθλον (athlon) meaning ″(sport) contest″, or "prize of a contest", or "place of a contest; arena"....LESS