Dean Kent van Real World Technologies heeft in zijn maandelijkse industry update (bedankt voor de link, DiGiSTORM) weer allerlei interessante dingen te melden over chipsets, cpu's en geheugen.
Het meest opvallende nieuws is wel dat het er op lijkt dat Intel weer Pentium III's gaat shippen die gebaseerd zijn op de verouderde Katmai core:
What has to be the most interesting bit of news for this month is the reports that Intel will begin shipping Katmai processors in volume once again. Yes, I am talking about Slot 1 Pentium III 550, 600 and (perhaps) 650MHz processors in quantity. One manufacturer told me that Intel notified them last week that as much as 60% of all shipments will be comprised of these processors until at least September.
The reason given is that the FC-PGA packaging is still a major problem that has forced Intel to push out their higher speed Celerons, and has prevented higher speed Coppermine Pentium IIIs from being made available in quantity. This seems to finally provide some solid evidence as to what Intel's problems have been these past 6 months with regard to processor shipments.[break]Over de introductiesnelheid van de Duron en de Thunderbird weet Dean het volgende te melden:[/break]I do not expect the Duron to exceed 650MHz at introduction, and those anticipating a 1GHz Duron this year are likely to be very disappointed, as there is absolutely no marketing reason to do so. Unless Intel boost the Celeron speeds beyond 700MHz, there is little chance that the Duron will go their either. After all, it doesn't make much sense for AMD to compete against their own Thunderbird processor.
Sources close to AMD have hinted that the Thunderbird will likely be introduced at around 750MHz, with speeds available up to 1GHz. There have been some reports of 1.2GHz at introduction, but it seems that these were more hopeful anticipation than factual information. The official AMD line is that Athlon will achieve 1.5GHz by Q1 '01, so unless Willamette is released early, and in volume, chances of anything beyond 1.4GHz this year seems unlikely.[break]Verder kunnen we lezen dat voor DDR DIMMs speciale slots nodig zullen zijn:[/break]One possible disappointment for users is that the additional timing and control pins necessary to implement this memory will make it impossible to allow either standard SDRAM or DDR SDRAM to use the same socket. DDR modules will be 184 pin DIMMs, and the recommendation to manufacturers is that motherboards should have either SDRAM or DDR SDRAM support, but not both. Of course, it is very likely that manufacturers will implement a design with both types of sockets, similar to what they did to allow users to keep their EDO SIMMs and later upgrade to SDRAM when prices dropped.[break]Het complete stuk kun je hier vinden. Oh, nog even 1 leuke quote. [/break][...] so there is little chance that any new Socket 7 boards will be developed. Those still hanging on to this venerable old platform will now have to face the fact that they will soon be considered antiques (joining the Atari, Commodore and mainframe users of the world).