Hier wat interessante stuff over de K7:
Probably the single hottest technology displayed at Comdex could not be found out on the main display floor for everyone to see, no, it was squirreled away in one of the meeting rooms which was the only show presents that AMD had this year. The technology is of course the K7.
Although no formal benchmarks were allowed on the alpha system, it is assumed that the performance will be stellar to say the least. The K7 will plug into what AMD calls a Slot A, which is identical to a Slot 1 in appearance but not in function. The Slot A is based on Digital's EV6 bus protocol and will operate at a 200MHz FSB. Because the Slot A is the same physical connector as a Slot 1, AMD flipped it around so that people wouldn't mistake it for a Slot 1 and insert a Pentium II in it. According to the AMD rep, the first testing of the K7 was done on a Digital motherboard designed for the Alpha processor without modification. This is just speculation, but there is a possibility of motherboards supporting both the DEC Alpha and K7 in the future. The test board they showed code named Gomez was in the Alpha stage along with the Irongate chipset and the K7 processor. AMD's goal is to have all the technology laid out for manufacturers to allow for a smooth product flow when the K7 is ready for release. They have also entered into agreements with both ALi and VIA to allow them to come to the market with chipsets supporting it. The K7 will enter the market based on a .25 micron process with 128K L1 cache and from 512K up to 8MB backside L2 cache.
Introductory speed, although not confirmed, is expected to be at 500MHz with speeds beyond 600MHz reached with the release of a .18 micron processor later that year. With the help of a technology agreement with Motorola that will bring AMD into a copper process, they have stated they will reach 1GHz in the year 2000. The first chipset (Irongate) supporting the K7 will make use of SDRAM, with a move to Rambus (RIMM) in a later releases.
The K7 will include 3D-Now and AMD says they have the licensing for KNI if they need to include it. Entering into territory no other x86 processor has been other then ones for Intel, the K7 will also support scalable multi-processing. Word is, AMD is working with third party chipset designers to bring up to 8 K7's together in one solution.
Targeted for a early second quarter 1999 release, the K7 has a chance of knocking Intel on their butt, lets just hope AMD can pull it off.