AMD heeft in een interview met The Register duidelijk gemaakt dat hun fabriek in Dresden gereed is voor produktie en voldoende capaciteit heeft om aan de marktvraag te voldoen. Verder is AMD begonnen met het samplen van de Irongate-4 (AMD 770) northbridge. Deze heeft zoals bekend ondersteuning voor Double Data Rate SDRAM en multi-processing. Rambus support is eventueel mogelijk als de markt daar naar vraagt:
He [Steve Lapinski / AMD] also said that the Dresden plant is now fully functional and claimed that it would be able to supply as many parts as the market needs. If, as AMD likes to suggest, massive numbers of formerly loyal Intel customers are flocking in droves to the Athlon platform, that will be the key question as to whether the firm is profitable or not.
[...] The roadmap he showed is still pretty kind of vague on dates, but it looks to us that mobile K6-2 pluses and K6-III parts will hit the market in the May to June period, with Spitfire, the value on-die cache socket A solution appearing in April/May, and Thunderbird, the performance Socket A part, arriving in maybe July-August.
[...] Lapinski also chatted amiably about Irongate 4, which we know has just started sampling to the market this month, and pointed to the API and Hot Rail multiway solutions, which will start shipping towards the end of this year. He also confirmed the close relationship AMD has with Compaq and API -- which we reported maybe 14-15 months back. And so that is Irongate 4...