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Bron: Tom's Hardware

Ik vond een vrij uitgebreid stuk bij Tom over degeruchten van de K6 en K7 en Katmai introducties...wilde jullie dat niet onthouden.

I spoke to Dana Krelle, AMD's vice president of marketing, and he gave me the latest scoop on AMD's plans. K6-3 is supposed to ship very close to Intel's Pentium III launch. AMD is trying to release this new CPU with 256 kB on-die L2 cache already prior to Intel's Pentium III release.

Most of you know that K6-3 will run on the same Socket7-motherboards that currently host K6-2 CPUs, you may only require a BIOS update. The performance of K6-3 will be high enough to make it very competitive to Intel's Pentium III, the K6-3 version at 450 MHz will most likely outperform the new Pentium III 500 in many benchmarks. The highly official version says that K6-3 will definitely ship in Q1/1999, but we know that Q1 ends on March 31. Let's hope K6-3 will be available earlier than this.

K7

K7 is also still on track, planned release time is Q2/1999. This seems surprising, because the delay of K6-3, which was expected in January 1999. K7 will be running in a new unique platform using a slot called 'SlotA', which is mechanically identical to Slot1, but using a completely different bus protocol. Thus K7 will not run in Slot1-boards and no Intel CPU will run in SlotA-boards. K7 will require its own new chipset and AMD will be the first supplier of one.

The bus protocol used by K7 is called 'EV6', known from Digital's Alpha CPUs. The EV6-bus of K7 is supposed to run at 200 MHz, offering a significantly higher bandwidth than the 100 or later 133 MHz bus clock used by Intel's Pentium II and Pentium III CPUs. The performance of K7 is expected to be significantly above Pentium II or Pentium III level, in office, multimedia, 3D as well as floating point intensive applications. For more information about K7 please look at 'Why AMDís K7 will be Intelís toughest competitor ever'.

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