Meanwhile, the rest of the industry is moving forward with other plans. AMD and Via are both looking to hit 266MHz bus speeds with their chipsets soon, with DDR SDRAM and ATA-100 interfaces helping to make all of our current PCs morbidly obsolete.
AMD is also getting ready to unleash SMP-capable Athlon chipsets, and their 770 chipset is going to be a real beast:
One technology Huff indicated that AMD might license is its Lightning Data Transport bus, the isochronous bus designed for future multiprocessor systems, including the AMD-770. In a dual-processor system, the LDT will be used to connect the north and south bridges at up to 3.2 Gbytes/s. In an eight-way system using a different, forthcoming chipset, two Athlons will each connect to a north bridge, which in turn will be connected to each other via an LDT bus. Additional LDT links will be used to transmit data throughout the server.All of that bandwith will have to be fed by some kind of exotic memory technology. If it ain't Rambus, it might be the next spin of DDR SDRAM, DDR-II, which "could produce bandwidth as high as 600 Mbits/s per pin," according to the EE Times.
(Thanks to Hardware One for pointing out some of these news bits.)