OEM sources in de VS hebben bekend gemaakt dat AMD 23 juni heeft aangegeven als streefdatum voor de release van de AMD K7. The Register heeft wat details over de K7:
However, when we spoke to Dirk Meyer, AMD's head of engineering for K7 (see AMD K7 snatches at Intel high-end crown), he said K7 was designed for speeds of 500MHz and up. In contrast, Intel's Pentium III will initially ship at 450MHz and 500MHz.
Meyer also confirmed K7 will support up to 8MB of L2 cache, initially separate from the chip, but possibly brought on to the die in later versions to match the approach the company is taking with the forthcoming K6-3.
Interestingly, TechWeb's sources state K7 will ultimately be made available in a "socket" version to offer compatibility with cheaper PCs. That contrasts with Meyer's statements that Socket 7 would be adequately supported by K6, suggesting K7 would only ship with a Slot 1 interface.
If the sources are correct, it would appear AMD is moving away from its earlier strategy of pushing K7 at the high end and the K6 family at the low end in favour of an across the board push with K7.