AMD explains socket 940, 939 and 754

Posted on Friday, September 26 2003 @ 16:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Mike Goddard, AMD his Director of Technical Marketing today explained why the hell the Athlon 64 will come in three different sockets :

At the technical symposium following the Athlon 64 launch, Mike Goddard, AMD Director of Technical Marketing of the firm's Computation Products Group, explained it in a way that it has left almost as many questions unanswered. But the long and the short of it is that Socket 940 requires a 6 to 9 layer motherboard and Socket 939 only requires a 4 layer design, making the motherboards much cheaper for chips using the latter.

Goddard is a seriously technical guy, he comes from a background of designing chips himself and knows a thing or two. He said that Socket 939 would allow later Athlon FX chips to use standard DDR memory rather than the current requirement for ECC registered DDR.

Source : The Inquirer

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