plans for 2000
Intel once again starting to put pressure on AMD in the high end CPU market, we
decided to find out what AMD has in the pipeline. First
off the K6-3 is now officially dead, there are still some parts in the distribution
channel, but AMD is no longer producting K6-3's of any speed.
K6-2+ will replace the K6-3 as AMD's low end chip. Starting out at 533MHz,
this .18mu part will continue to hold down the low end Super 7 market. One interesting
note is that the 533MHz K6-2+ uses a 97MHz FSB (97Mhz X 5.5), not the 133MHz that
was initially thought. We do not yet know if all K6-2+'s will use this FSB. This
means that the current crop of Super 7 motherboards will not officially support
the K6-2+, although we expect all parts to easily run at a 100MHz FSB.
also expects to be sampling processors based on the enhanced K75 core (Spitfire,
Thunderbird and Mustang)
- AMD's Celeron killer. Based on a .18 mu Aluminun fabrication process, Spitfire
will reside in a "Socket A" package, rather than the current "Slot A". Spitfire
will be based on an enhanced K75 core, thus bringing along enhanced 3D Now! and
all the other tweaks of the Athlon. With onboard fullspeed cache, you have the
same design as the PPGA Celeron, but alot faster.
- Officially refered to as the "Professional Athlon", T-Bird is also based on
a .18mu Aluminum fabrication process, but differ's from Spitfire in that it will
have a much larger L2 cache (512K expected). T-Bird is also the last AMD chip
that will reside in a "Slot A" package, quickly shifting to "Socket A".
- Will switch over to a Copper .18 micron fabrication process, as well, the "Slot
A" variants will be quickly phased out infavor of "Socket A".
- Officially known as the "Athlon Ultra", Mustang is a Copper .18micron part with
up to a 2MB, on-die L2 cache. Because Mustang is a server part, it must have lots
of bandwidth. Thus Mustang will support a 133MHz DDR FSB (effectivly 266Mhz) and
400MHz DDR RDRAM delivering 2.1GB of available bandwidth. It has been commolny
thought that VIA's KX133 would be the chipset to use with Mustang, but it was
reported today by Ace's Hardware that the KX133 does infact not support a 133MHz
DDR FSB, leaving the AMD760 as the only chipset capable of running Mustang.