ATI's upcoming and much improved SB600 South Bridge looks set to hit the market in time for AMD's switch to Socket AM2 according to sources close to the Canadian chip designer.
It has been known for some time that AMD's move to Socket AM2 and DDR2 is expected to take place on the first day of this year's Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan, but we weren't expecting to see ATI's new South Bridge make an appearance until September.
We were surprised to see several RD580-based Socket AM2 motherboards with SB600 listed in the brief specifications available on their stands. Most motherboard makers are expecting to release these boards as close to the AMD's announcement as possible.
In related news, we've heard that AMD will be announcing a top-to-bottom range of processors on Socket AM2 when they do launch. From what we've seen at CeBIT this year, AMD is ready to launch their new products, but they're waiting for: PC2-6400 memory to become a little more mainstream. This should happen by the time Computex comes around, as memory makers are already achieving good yields on relatively 'low-latency' DDR2-800.
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