AMD behind the scenes with Thoroughbred
There were some interesting things to see at our meeting with AMD at CeBIT. We were shown, if only behind the scenes, a freshly arrived Athlon XP based on the new Thoroughbred core, which, unlike its predecessor, the Palomino, is now manufactured using 0.13 µm technology.
There have been no further changes to its predecessor internally. The L2 cache remains at 256 KB and will not be increased any further, as some speculated in advance. Unfortunately, the Thoroughbred presented to us did not have the well-known identifier on the DIE. In this regard, AMD would like to keep a low profile, but the message was expressly rejected that it would be a 2.2 GHz Athlon XP with a performance rating of 2800+. The information that this Athlon XP 2800+ should come onto the market at the end of the year was also not confirmed. According to AMD, these statements are simply out of thin air. In addition, the technical specifications that you would otherwise find on the DIE will probably be on the small black field next to the Thoroughbred. According to AMD, the DIE manufactured in 0.13 µm simply does not offer enough space for this. Mass production of the Thoroughbred has already started and a market launch at the end of March at the beginning of April is expected.
The Thoroughbred core will be used in the Athlon XP and Athlon MP as well as the Athlon 4. There should also be a slimmed-down version for the Duron, it is currently running under the code name Appaloosa.
It should also be interesting that AMD has shifted its CPU production almost completely to the Fab30 in Dresden, and this is already now is operated with maximum capacities. In order not to run into bottlenecks in the future, AMD has entered into a joint venture with UMC , which will therefore be available as a manufacturing partner in the future