Het lijkt erop dat het goed gaat met de Thunderbird van AMD, een ''limited number of customers'' heeft al wat van die CPU's ontvangen .
Sanders would not reveal the expected clock frequency of AMD's upcoming Athlon processor — code-named Thunderbird — with integrated Level 2 cache and copper interconnects, which it expects to ship by midyear. AMD began shipping its fastest 1-GHz Athlon processors, built with its 0.18-micron process technology and aluminum interconnects, to a limited number of customers last month.
The Thunderbird chip, which is will be produced at the company's Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany, is based on a 0.18-micron, six-layer metal copper manufacturing process. The process was frozen last winter and later qualified at the end of last quarter.
Wafer yields are high and stable for both Athlon processors and 4-Mbit SRAM chips based on the new process. Though AMD will not publically disclose the speed of the new Athlon until June, Sanders indicated in a presentation here that the company is seeing "excellent" speed results and has started shipping qualification chips to customers.[break]Er staat ook nog wat leuks over AMD's omzet:[/break]The sale of 1.2 million Athlon processors last quarter, combined with strong sales of flash memory, pushed AMD's first quarter sales up 10 percent to $1.06 billion, Sanders said.