Bij Thresh's FiringSquad is het eerst gedeelte van hun Intel Developer Forum Report online gekwakt, met hierin vooral info over Intel's roadmap en de aanokomende Willamette processor. Hieronder een samenvattend geheel over laatstgenoemde:
With the new Willamette microarchitecture the bottom line is simple: maximum megahertz at minimum costs. Intel employed the deepest number of pipeline stages ever implemented on an x86 processor to achieve this goal, or at least they feel it will give them the maximum clock speed.
With the shortage of newer Pentium III processors, Intel needs a CPU that will yield well at high clock speeds. While it may or may not run faster than a Pentium III at the same clock speed, Intel feels the Willamette microarchitecture will allow them to scale to much higher frequencies than those possible with the Pentium III.
With their exclusive support of Direct RDRAM, Intel obviously expects the RDRAM prices to drop and supply to increase. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds. From the Intel camp lies its upcoming Willamette and its exclusive support of RDRAM, while AMD plans to support conventional SDRAM and eventually DDR SDRAM. VIA's low-cost Joshua CPU will also feature an SDRAM interface, just like Timna.