AMD's Thunderbird Athlon core will be taken to 1.5GHz over the coming months, with a part at that speed and another at 1.4GHz to fill the gap between the top-of-the-line chip and the current 1.3GHz Athlon.
That's what German site Planet3DNow! has claimed, according to an English translation over at the VR-Zone.
With Intel's P4 already running at 1.5GHz and the 1.7GHz part coming in a couple of weeks, it's no wonder AMD wants to accelerate its own efforts.
The arrival of the 1.5GHz Thunderbird Athlon paves the way for 1.53GHz, 1.6GHz and 1.67GHz parts based on the Palomino core, which was due to have shipped by now, but now won't arrive until Q3.
Morgan - the new Duron core - is set to ship in the same timeframe, at 950MHz.
Palomino will support enhanced branch-prediction unit and hardware-prefetching, the site reports. It estimates the die size at 150mm2, containing 46 million transistors. Palomino will be fabbed in Dresden and copper interconnect technology. Morgan will be fabbed in Austin, but use aluminium interconnects. Support for Intel's SSE2 instructions haven't made the cut, apparently. ®
VR-Zone: Palomino Info