AMD to get Alpha-system friendly with K7 micro

AMD to get Alpha-system friendly with K7 micro
Tom Foremski Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is developing a daughterboard interface that will make its forthcoming K7 micro compatible with Alpha-based server systems. Sources close to AMD say that it is working with several companies to make a Slot B package that would enable systems to use either the Alpha or K7 processor. “The deal will be announced soon,” said a source close to AMD. “It will give the K7 more opportunities to be used in different server-based systems.” AMD does not have the rights to the Intel P6 bus used in Pentium systems and has adopted the Alpha bus to overcome the current 100MHz limitation of the supersocket 7. This incompatibility with motherboards designed for Intel’s Pentiums means that the K7 faces a challenge because the infrastructure is not there, said analyst Dean McCarron at US firm Mercury Research. “It is targeting the workstation/server market with the K7, and with Alpha bus support it might have some success in servers because Alpha is a well recognised server microprocessor,” said McCarron.


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