AMD heeft op de Platform 2000 conferentie in San Jose door laten schemeren dat de AMD 760 en 770 next generation Athlon chipsets vertraagd zijn naar 2001. De singleprocessor 760 en multiprocessor 770 chipsets maken gebruik van een 266MHz bus en ondersteunen PC2100 DDR SDRAM, ATA100 en Lightning Data Transport bus. EBN Online heeft een verslag van de AMD presentatie (thanks firstname.lastname@example.org" rel="external">ovs voor de tip):
Aimed respectively at one- and two-processor systems, the 760 and 770 chipsets will feature interfaces to PC2100 and PC1600 double-data-rate memory, four Universal Serial Bus connections, plus a “future storage interface,” which observers say most likely will be ATA-100.
AMD's chipset group is uniquely designed within the company to serve not as a profit center but an enabler, according to division marketing manager Byran Longmire. AMD is thus more open about licensing its technology, the company explained, and already has licensed its chipset technology to Acer Laboratories Inc., Silicon Integrated Systems Corp., and Via.
“That's not to say we're going to do it for free,” Longmire added. “But we're an enabler, and high royalties are a disabler. We also have the option of doing an IP exchange in some cases.” One technology Huff indicated that AMD might license is its Lightning Data Transport bus, the isochronous bus designed for future multiprocessor systems, including the AMD-770. In a dual-processor system, the LDT will be used to connect the north and south bridges at up to 3.2 Gbytes/s. In an eight-way system using a different, forthcoming chipset, two Athlons will each connect to a north bridge, which in turn will be connected to each other via an LDT bus. Additional LDT links will be used to transmit data throughout the server.