As the rest of us were indulging in year-end festivities late last month, the folks at DigiTimes were still busy collecting information from their sources at motherboard companies. According to the Taiwanese website's latest nuggets of hearsay, we may see triple-core Phenoms and faster quad-core Phenoms later than expected. First, DigiTimes explains that AMD has postponed the launch of its 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 and 2.6GHz Phenom 9900 processors to the second quarter of this year. Motherboard firm insiders claim the schedule for the two chips changed because AMD has not yet completed its B3 revision of the Phenom core, which will resolve the infamous TLB erratum.
Next, DigiTimes reports that the schedule for AMD's triple-core Phenom chips has also slipped. Supposedly, the first triple-core Phenoms won't come out until March, and they'll be based on the existing B2 revision that doesn't include the TLB erratum fix. DigiTimes says to expect the triple-core Phenom family to start off with 2.1GHz Phenom 8400 and 2.3GHz Phenom 8600 chips in March, followed by B3-based 8450 and 8650 models clocked at the same respective speeds in the second quarter. The two B3 chips will be accompanied by a 2.4GHz Phenom 8700, which DigiTimes suggests won't be based on the B3 stepping.
On the other side of the fence, the latest rumors place the launch of Intel's first 45nm Core 2 Quad processors in February or March. There will be three CPUs clocked at 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz and with prices ranging from $266 to $530.