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AMD: Athlon 64 and DDR400, Thorton processor core

Japanese sources, posted another publication about new processors prospects. This time about AMD. And again we see new core names. PC Watch is not about posting rumours, but still this information hasn´t been officially confirmed yet.

So, according to this post, AMD Athlon XP with 400MHz FSB is almost a fact. Japanese sources suppose we might see Barton-based Athlon XP with 400MHz FSB (most likely, with 3200+ rating). And the actual clock rate should be 2.2GHz. as for other Barton-based processors with 400MHz FSB, we might also see Athlon XP 3000+ (2.1GHz). The clock speed is lower than that of 333MHz FSB 2.167GHz model, but Japanese believe the newer version will feature lower energy consumption.

And now a surprise: according the same sources, AMD is to release a new processor core Thorton — with 256Kb L2 cache and 3000+/3200+ and higher ratings. Moreover, they suppose Thorton, having architecture, L2 cache and model numbering similar to Thoroughbred, will feature smaller size and energy consumption. A logical question arises: isnt Thorton a junior brother of Barton with halved 256Kb SRAM L2 cache?

This is all info available for now. And they say despite Duron is off production, AMD might use it for Thorton chips (to separate them from Bartons).

Other AMD processor roadmap details were summarized by VR-Zone:

Opteron (WS/Server):

  • SledgeHammer 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, Q2 2003 (April 22)
  • Athens: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Desktop Athlon 64:

  • ClawHammer: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, DDR400; 2800+/3100+/3400+/3700+ (1.6GHz, 1.8GHz, 2.0GHz, 2.2GHz) Q3 2003; 4000+ (2.4GHz) Q4 2003
  • San Diego: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004
  • Paris: 256Kb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, 3200+ ( 2.0GHz?) Q3 2003; 3500+ — Q4 2003
  • Victoria: 256Kb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Mobile Athlon 64:

  • ClawHammer: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.13m SOI, H2 2003
  • Odessa: 1Mb L2 cache, 0.09m SOI, H1 2004

Source: PC Watch

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