The Register heeft een nieuwsbericht geplaatst waarin een Intel juffrouw een verhaaltje vertelt over de uitgestelde release van de Coppermine processor:
Our source, who wishes to stay anonymous because she wants to keep her job, but who is nevertheless, extremely reliable, said: "I can assure you that Coppermine's delay had nothing to do with marketing. For once, Intel's PR is telling the truth. There was a RASH of unexpected problems with it, mostly due to last minute problems hitting the frequency target."
She said that Dixons early success was because it failed to fully exploit the .18 micron P858 process.
Coppermine, which does (or perhaps should) fully exploit P858, showed a number of problems with both process and design.
Coppermine will launch at 667MHz because of the holdover P856 version, she said.
Intel will take a rather standoffish position towards AMD's Athlon, she said. There will be no official reaction while architects, engineers and designers "fab out" (make) faster and faster Cumines until Willamette emerges.
And the engineer further claimed that there is nothing in AMD's Fab 30 that Intel hasn't already tried. However, she added, Intel doesn't promise things it can't produce...