AMD heeft gisteren op haar jaarlijkse aandeelhoudersvergadering de L2 cache groottes van Mustang en Thunderbird bekendgemaakt. De Mustang krijgt 1Meg cache en bij de Thunderbird wordt dit geheel naar verwachting 256KB. Onderstaande quotes zijn geript uit de speech van AMD CEO Jerry Sanders en zijn vriendje Hector Ruiz:
This quarter, we will extend our leadership with two new versions of the AMD Athlon processor family that incorporate on-chip L2 cache for performance enhancement. The first version, code-named "Thunderbird," will feature 256 kilobytes of on-chip L2 cache and is targeted at the performance segment of the PC market. It will be produced in both our Texas megafab - Fab 25 - and in our new megafab in Dresden - Fab 30.
A second, reduced-cost version, featuring more on-chip cache than the competitive offering for the value segment, will also be introduced this quarter. This version, code-named "Spitfire," is being manufactured in our Texas megafab and will be marketed under the brand name "Duron."
We expect to out-perform the competitive offerings on a clock-for-clock basis while maintaining our industry-leading position on clock speeds. Today we are demonstrating computer systems powered by both the AMD Thunderbird processor running at 1 gigahertz and the AMD Duron processor running at 700 megahertz.
If today's AMD Athlon processor is a home run, these new versions are grand slams!
[...] By the final quarter of the year, we plan to introduce the ultimate AMD Athlon processors. These versions feature an enhanced core, up to one megabyte of on-chip L2 cache, unique power management features, and a few other surprises.
For the longer term, we are well along in the development of our eighth-generation processor core that will be the basis of the "Hammer" family. But that's a story for another day. Let it suffice to say that these eighth-generation processors will be x86 64-bit cores that will ultimately supercede the AMD Athlon processor in our current market segments and permit further penetration of the workstation and high-end server markets.
Het complete transcript van de speech kun je nalezen op AMD.com.