Op de frontpage van Ace's Hardware is wat meer info / geruchten gepost over de nieuwe K6-2+ en K6-III+ van AMD. Hieronder de soep:
"AMD K6-2+ and K6-III+. . . are starting to sample based on .18 µm technology. Anticipated clock speed will be 533 at debut but scale up towards 700 MHz during H1 2000. The new processors will keep the SuperSocket7 platform alive into 2001. Plans are though that, because of the on-chip L2 the on-board cache will be abandoned in favor of higher bus speed, that is 133 MHz standard going up to 150 MHz. Rumors are also condensing that there may be a rebirth of SMP even though the current bus protocol is not very suitable for multiprocessing.
In addition Athlon Socket 642 (Spitfire) are sampling as well as "Thunderbird" to break the 1GHz barrier." [break]KH Yeap heeft er zelf ook wat commentaar op geleverd:[/break]Ok, usually MS is pretty accurate about the info he puts up. But I do have my doubts. I have heard repeatedly from sources close to AMD that the aging K6-x core can barely make it to 600 Mhz even with the CS50 .18 AL process. Also it seems like Socket-A Athlon Select will arrive around mid-2000 and by then there will not be much room left for the K6-X/K6-x+ in the desktop market. So why even bother abusing the good old K6 core further and hoping to crank it up to 700 Mhz?
On the other hand, AMD does appear to be favoring the dropping of L2 cache from the motherboard and moving to 133 Mhz FSB with the debut of K6-2+, so that "future" SS7 platform will remain competitive and similar to the Celeron systems: 128k L2 on-die cache with a L2-less motherboard. Hmm... that reminds me, SiS530 based SS7 motherboards do have the option of running 133 Mhz FSB with PCI bus and AGP bus within spec (using 1/4 divisor for PCI). Here's some benchmarks Specialty Tech ran with K6-III running at 133 Mhz FSB on a Soyo-5SSM (SiS530 based), L2 motherboard cache disabled.
As for the rebirth of SMP SS7 rumor, yeah, I have heard it too and I don't mind it turning true. Until then though, I am just gonna believe it as a rumor at best. . . Finally, according to Idiot, Socket-A is 462-pin, not 642-pin.