AMD's Palomino with purer silicon?
Allegedly the Palomino from AMD will be manufactured with purer silicon, so that higher MHz numbers are possible due to better heat dissipation and less heat generation. With the very pure silicon it would be possible for AMD to operate the Palomino at a MHz rate of around 1.7 GHz despite 0.18 µm technology.
According to initial information, AMD has been testing this purer silicon for 12 months. This 'pure silicon' is manufactured by the Californian company 'Isonics', which has not yet confirmed that it is working with AMD. Isonics has only announced that 'a large processor manufacturer has made wafers from their pure silicon and has thereby lowered the peak temperature of their advanced 1 GHz CPUs by 35 ° C.' For the consumer, the price of a CPU made from this silicon is likely to be only slightly higher than the price of previous CPUs, since the purer silicon is hardly more expensive than the previous one. In addition, the production system in the factories does not have to be converted, as is the case with a conversion to 0.13 µm technology.