Ik kwam bij JC wat interessante geruchten tegen over een K6-2+ met 128Kb L2 cache:
Freaky day, eh? First off, the famous old rumour of the "K6-2+" with 128K on-die L2 has resurfaced, as suggested on c't (English trans). The basic idea is probably to try to convince people that the 128K K6 is meant to compete with the 128K P6 (Celeron), and the 256K K6 is to compete with the 256K P6 (PIII Coppermine). Interesting gambit, sort of an expansion on that segmentation strategy so that people may associate PIII with K6-3, leaving the Athlon as being considered a step up from both. Of course, this could just be an idle rumour which would make any of this speculation dead. [break] Ook heeft-ie info over de gevolgen van de i820 delay in de aandelenmarkt. Je zult begrijpen dat die blunders niet echt vertrouwen wekken bij aandeelhouders ... [/break] Still a crappy stock market day for some. Intel got hit a bit by the above news, and on top of that by BancBoston Robertson Stephens (an analyst), who mention that demand for systems from Intel has gone down by as much as two million units recently. ASPs appear, according to Dan Niles, to have dropped from an anticipated $206 to a surprising $198 or perhaps lower. Another analyst, Gerard Klauer Mattison &smp; Co., mentions that many companies that have been trying to emulate Dell's "low inventory" strategy may alter their plans as the disaster in Taiwan has meant that such companies would not have sufficient inventory in a crisis where they're not getting a constant uninterruptible stream of parts. [break] Enneuh, het zal je niet meer verbazen, maar er blijkt ook nog een bugje in de PIII Xeon met 512Kb en 1Mb L2 cache te zitten... [/break] Uh, oh -- just before I sent this, I found some more Intel-related news. Not too great at that. My source is SI, the news article is here. The problem? A delay in two of Intel's 550MHz PIII Xeon models (the versions with 512K and 1MB L2 cache), due to an odd glitch, are unable to work on the new 8-way motherboards. The 2MB version (which, of course, offers the greatest profit margin) appears to not experience this problem. Hmmm, oddly I find myself somewhat drooling over the prospect of 8-way x86 processors with 2MB L2 cache.