Samsung and Elpida are already sampling DDR-II chips, which are expected to tip up late next year -- some months after Hammer is due to be launched in both its Athlon and Octopus guises.
So, in order to benefit from the the expected performance gains DDR-II will bring, AMD will need to re-engineer the northbridge controller, which, on Hammer, is embedded on the chip to permit faster memory throughput.
According to the piece here, AMD says the revision will be "no big deal."
Having embraced DDR memory, AMD will follow suit with DDR-II. Intel, however, after having plumped for RDRAM and subsquently jumped on the DDR bandwagon, won't face similar re-engineering problems since its processors rely on external chipsets.
According to the ebnews piece, AMD doesn't expect DDR-II to become significant before 2004, by which time the company reckons it will have prepared a new iteration of Hammer.
"We will support DDR-II when it comes to market," an AMD spokesperson said. µ
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