AMD clarifies Phenom delays, cites customer input
What's up with the AMD Phenom series? First there was the problem with the 9600 chips and the TLB. Now AMD is stating that the faster processors, the 9700 and 9900, promised in Q1 2008, will be postponed until next quarter. Attempting to quell any rumors surrounding this announcement, AMD has says that this decision was based on customer input on how AMD should prioritize its next releases. "AMD will now introduce the AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models in Q2 2008. This decision was based on OEM input on how AMD should prioritize its next two waves of AMD Phenom processor models. Based on these customer inputs, AMD will continue to prioritize volume-based Phenom products, including the AMD Phenom triple-core processor introduction for consumer and commercial markets this quarter, and now a new energy–efficient 65W AMD Phenom 9000e series processor in this quarter (instead of Q2). AMD Phenom 9700 and 9900 models will immediately follow next quarter."