AMD will launch one more 0.18 micron Athlon XP processor this year, clocked to 1.6GHz but shipping as the 1900+, followed by two more early 2002 before launching its 0.13 micron die-shrink, codenamed Thoroughbred during the first quarter of next year.
So suggests what appears to be (though is as yet unconfirmed) an internal AMD roadmap posted on German site Threecom.de.
Now, we'd already heard about the Q4 2001 arrival of the 1.6GHz Athlon, though that was when we were still expecting the other Palomino-based desktop processors to appear rather sooner than last week's launch.
Threecom.de's roadmap puts the 1.6GHz part in Q4 along with the four XPs introduced last week. Come Q1 2002, we should see XPs shipping at 1.667GHz and 1.733GHz, though the roadmap states that their new-style model numbers have yet to be determined.
Ditto the model number of the 1.733GHz Thoroughbred-based Athlon XP due to be launched in the same timeframe - and the 1.8GHz Thoroughbred the roadmap has scheduled for a Q2 2002 introduction.
AMD's official roadmap simply marks Thoroughbred down to be launched sometime during the first half of next year, in mobile, desktop and workstation/server implementations (Athlon 4, XP and MP).
Incidentally, the Threecom.de roadmap lists a 1.2GHz and 1.3GHz Duron launches next quarter and Q2 2002, respectively.
News source: The Register