Volgens bronnen van JC beschikken alle Athlons die op dit moment de fabriek uit komen wandelen over een 0,18micron core. Dit is uiteraard erg prettig nieuws voor overklokkers die binnenkort een Athlon willen binnen hamsteren:
Suffice it to say, you can consider this info to be fact and not idle rumour (he's not a PR/marketing type, so he isn't just restating drone talk or anything like that):
In terms of product coming out of the fab, all Athlons were 180nm as of some time last week, when the last quarter micron parts shot out. My friend here notes that "the lower speed grades should disappear rather rapidly at this point" (okay, so I lied, it's a quote). Neato confirm of the day: Athlon's construction time is about ten weeks from start to finish (on average -- you'll notice that about twelve weeks passed before AMD got all the quarter micron parts out, that's because sometimes some runs take longer or shorter than others). [break] Verder beweert deze bron dat AMD op dit moment in staat zou zijn om 1GHz aluminium-interconnect Athlons te produceren. Als deze informatie betrouwbaar is dan mogen we nog erg veel goeds uit Dresden verwachten : [/break] This fellow, by the way, was fairly sure that AMD will be able to stay a step ahead of Intel's Pentium III in terms of frequency ramping for a while (though I'm sure this person is not as certain about the P7, but I didn't ask about that). To wit, "Fab 25 could ship 1 GHZ parts at any time the marketing department wants to introduce them (note, these are not Cu, but Al interconnects!). Currently there is no incentive for AMD to do this because Intel is falling all over themselves trying (and failing) to meet 800 MHZ demand".