Johan De Gelas van Ace's Hardware heeft het eerste deal van zijn CeBIT 2000 verslag online gezet, met informatie over de plannen van Intel, AMD en VIA. Johan wist een redelijk gedetaileerde AMD roadmap bijeen te puzzelen. Volgens deze roadmap zal de Thunderbird al in april/mei gereleased worden, gevolgd door de Spitfire in juli/augustus en de Mustang met verbeterde Athlon core en grotere L2 cache in september/oktober:
While the CPU roadmap is pretty vague, the chipset and motherboard roadmap is very detailed. For example, while the CPU roadmap simply indicate mid 2000 for the Thunderbird launch, the motherboard roadmap says that production boards, with a VIA KX133 Socket A chipset should be available around april/may.
Achille [AMD ventje] confirmed that this means that the Thunderbird should be there around april/may, as motherboard won't be produced if here are no CPU's available.
Thunderbird socket A version will ship before the slot A version, and before the Spitfire, which will only be available in a socket A version. In september or october, boards with 266 MHz FSB based on the AMD 760 chipset (EV6 bus at 133 MHz, DDR), will be available. These boards will be able to accept 200 and 266 MHZ DDR RAM (100/133 MHz at DDR).
AMD is also working on the 770 chipset, and the first Dual Athlon boards should appear around December 2000. Chipsets of ALI will be available too, with the same features like the 760 and 770.