Intel Facts of Life
- Intel will have a cC0 stepping next month, but it won’t help much.
- No .13 micron PIIIs until well into 2001.
- Willamette will be a mass-production non-factor in the year 2000.
- Maybe they do another stepping, but cC0 is probably the last word in hard silicon from Intel for 2000.
AMD Facts of Life
- There are actually two kinds of TBirds out there:
- Aluminum-interconnect Austin chips (greenish tint)
- Copper-interconnect Dresden chips (blueish tint)
- All Durons are aluminum-based.
- As Dresden revs up, and AMD’s speeds rev up, it seems extremely likely that Dresden will provide the more advanced copper-based high-speed TBirds, while Austin handles the Duron rampup. So AMD’s future is blue.
- AMD will have at least one core revision before the end of the year, probably September/October, which will enable 1.5Ghz processors early next year.
Unless Intel has some tricks up its sleeve (and the only thing I can see are DDR mobos coming out ahead of Athlon DDR mobos), AMD should jump ahead for a while with their “blue meanie” Dresden chips. They should scare Intel
as much as the blue meanies scared the Beatles in Yellow Submarine.
Or maybe it’ll be a reverse Slaughterhouse Five on the high-end for the winter.