AMD "paper launches" don't slice salami

Distributors of AMD'S latest products 2400+ and 2600+ products are still waiting for supplies in Europe, while retailers are forecasting "long lead times" for the chips, launched over a month ago now.

And sources close to the distributors tell the INQUIRER that they haven't even received samples of the expected 2800+ and 2700+ Athlon XPs. But they have samples of the hyperthreading 3.06GHz Pentium 4, we're reliably informed.

AMD introduced the 2400+ and 2600+ Athlon XPs on the 21st of August.

Or perhaps we should say paper launched the products, because although Her Majesty's Press had samples to review on that date, it's only a few OEMs who have product in the pipeline, it appears.

When Intel launched its "Coppermine" processors a few years ago, it issued press releases and supplied reviewers with processors, but just a few days after the launch, it told its distributors and resellers that the products wouldn't be available for months.

One reader, Dave Gallo, said: "AMD may as well launch a 10,000+ as far as I can tell. I need to purchase a new processor and have been trying to find any "Thoroughbred "B"" processors and have been told none are available even though they were "launched" over a month ago. This is a joke and you as the press is letting AMD get away with it, acting like 2400+ and 2600+ actually exist, they don't."

News source: The Inquirer

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