AMD's New 2.13GHz AthlonXP 2600+ Arrives
First there was 2600 baud,
then there was the 2600 'Club', and now there is the brand-spanking
new AMD AthlonXP 2600+ processor running at
2.133GHz! The release of the AthlonXP
2600+ marks two eventful moments for AMD - this is the first Athlon processor they have released which to operates over the 2.0GHz
mark, and this on the three year anniversary of the Athlon
Alongside the Thoroughbred-based AthlonXP 2600+
is the AthlonXP 2400+ which runs at exactly 2.0GHz. In OEM quantities the 2600+
is priced at just $297USD, and the 2400+ at just under $200USD. Mainstream retailers
are expected to begin offering the new 2GHz plus AMD chips in systems by September,
just in time for the back to school buying season.
operate on the 266 Front Side Bus (FSB) so our hopes of a 333MHz FSB
AthlonXP are not going to be realized just quite yet.
AthlonXP 2600+ is manufactured at AMD's Dresden Germany FAB 30 (which has not been affected by
the sever flooding in that area thanks to a lofty placement in the local landscape)
on the 0.13micron process and features 128KB of L1, and 256KB of L2
cache. The continued use of the Thoroughbred core means that the new 2.133GHz parts will
have die sizes of 84mm squared, a transistor count of 37.6million and an average
power output of 62Watts. The stepping of choice at the moment is
The transistor count has increased slightly
from the previous AthlonXP 2200 stepping of 37.2 million to 37.6million. The core surface area
has also grown to 84mm squared from just 80mm squared before.
According to AMD some changes to the Thorougbred core were implemented to
"add an additional layer of metal o reduce resistance and capacitance." Additionally, decoupling
capacitors have been added to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI). The AthlonXP core is
essentially unchanged from an architecture standpoint, and will remain so until the release of
Barton which is road mapped for release in this half of 2002.