Caught this newsbit over at Shacks. For fans of AMD, and unnecessarily fast processing speeds, there's a new toy only a few months out. AMD's K8 is said to be nearly ready for prime-time, and is expected to hit the hardware scene at around the same time Intel releases its 'Springdale' chip. Also known as 'Clawhammer' and 'Athlon64' the chip is expected to debut around or just below a 2Ghz speed.
To me the question is, as always, what can really take advantage of this kind of processing power? I always find that a new chip release is only good for me because it means the processors I might be interested in are about to drop in price!
Despite the moved-up timetable, motherboard and chipset companies believe that the K7 platform will still dominate the AMD sector in 2003, considering the limited supply of the new processors. According to sources, AMD is expected to start shipping K8 processors on a small scale in March, with total volume estimated at 20,000 units. After launch, the shipments will gradually increase but still reach only 300,000 units for the second quarter.