AMD Athlon 4 not faster than 1600MHz this year

According to an AMD desktop roadmap posted on this one Danish site will not sell the Athlon 4 at speeds above 1600MHz this year. In the third quarter, the desktop version of Palomino will be launched for the first time at speeds up to 1.53GHz, followed later by the 1600MHz model. The next step is 1.73GHz, but it will take until the first quarter of next year. With the table below you can get an idea of ​​the introduction of the Palomino in different price ranges of systems. The red clock speeds represent Athlon Palomino chips, the rest are equipped with a Thunderbird core:

Q2 2001 Q3 2001 Q4 2001 Q1 2002
$2000+

1400 1500 / 1533 1600 1733
$1999 – $1700

1300 / 1333 1400 / 1400 1500 / 1533 1600
$1699 – $1500 1200 1300 / 1333
1300 / 1333
1400 / 1400 1500 / 1533
$1499 – $1200 1100 / 1133 1200 1300 / 1333
1300 / 1333
1400 / 1400
$1199 – $1000 1000 1100 / 1133 1200 1300 / 1333
1300 / 1333

The site also reports that AMD will definitively leave the 200MHz system bus after the introduction of the 1.5GHz model. From 1600MHz, every processor of the company will work with a 266MHz FSB. It is also said that Mamba, Micron’s chipset with eDRAM on board, will be released in the third quarter. As for Duron, it is claimed that 100MHz additional clock speed will be added over the next three quarters, starting with a 1GHz version based on the Morgan core in the third of this year. This leaves AMD well ahead of Intel Celeron in terms of clock speed; it will only reach 1GHz only six months later. On desktops, however, the clock speed gap is growing; the 0.13 micron Northwood core will launch at 2.2GHz about the same time as the 1600MHz Palomino.