'FASN8' platform delayed until next year?
Along with revealing the name of its upcoming desktop K10 processors—Phenom—last month, AMD announced a new enthusiast platform dubbed FASN8. The name is pronounced "fascinate", and the platform will include AMD processors, Radeon HD 2000-series graphics cards, and a "next-generation, high-performance chipset, due in the second half of 2007." FASN8 will be the first all-AMD enthusiast platform, according to AMD.
You may not want to get your credit card ready just yet, though. Quoting "sources familiar with the plans of AMD," X-bit labs reports that the FASN8 platform's launch has been pushed back to next year. X-bit labs says the move is due to the delay of AMD's Quad FX-capable Phenom FX-90 and FX-91 processors, which it claims are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2008. That report coincides with rumors we heard last week that said AMD would only introduce four Phenom chips this year, and that all four chips would be for single-socket systems.