The Inquirer reports AMD is going to launch a 3GHz processor, breaking the 2.8GHz record set by the Athlon 64 FX-57 in 2006.
The most interesting part about this launch is the fact that we're not talking about a dual-core part, but rather a single core part (first single-core part introduced after FX-57 as well). Spankin' new Opteron 256 and 856 are built inside 95W thermal envelope and feature 128KB of L1 and 1024KB of L2 cache, using the same old Socket 940. The launch date is set for April 4th or April 6th, the date of AMD's gig.
When it comes to the dually-core parts, the company is gearing up for introduction of 290/890 processors, which are also using existing Socket 940 infrastructures. The 290/890 is clocked at 2.8 GHz, and they come with two cores, each featuring 128KB of L1 and 1024 KB of L2 cache. Frontside bus is the same on all parts, two 16-bit HyperTransport links clocked at 1GHz each. Best part of this dual-core part is that is still using the very same thermal envelope 3GHz CPU's are using - 95W.
Dual-core 3GHz processors shouldn't be expected before the third quarter of this year. More details over here.