Originally Posted by ramificatio
Dell sure is making one bad decision after another. If they had went with AMD two years ago they would have reaped the benefits of AMDs strongest two years yet. But no they wait until now when it makes no sense, when Intel is taking a huge leap forward in performance and leaving AMD behind playing catchup once again, maybe till 2008 and the K8L... I expect AMD to struggle and losing sales at least till K8L unless they have something up their sleeves.
Server versions of K8L are on schedule to be released at mid-2007. The news you heard from digitimes actually is a misquote of that taiwan manufacturer, who actually referred to the AM3 platform, and chips that would be for that platform.
The date of the desktop K8L chips are not yet determined, depending on AMD's 65nm transition, and how well that will mix with the transition to new uarchitecture. They have to guarantee delivery of the new server chips first. And mobile chips, beginning mid-07, will have a different uarchitecture than that of servers and high powered desktops. And the new mobile line will also infiltrate the low power and SFF desktop chips.
It will be pretty puzzling to see Dell go AMD on desktops, since there is no guaranteed delivery date until early 08 (only AM3 K8L chips are guaranteed, but they could pull it out earlier http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=32948
). Servers make much more sense, since that should arrive in mid 07, or even earlier if the initial couple of iterations of socket F chips do not compete well. It would also make sense for laptops, since AMD will soon be transitioning into a dedicated mobile uarchitecture, that can conceivably gain the low TDP crown.
We have to stay tuned, still a lot of development out there. AMD is playing cards very close to the chest this time. I do hear a few more whiffs than what is available from internet news sites; since I'm at one of the major CS and ECE research universities; but not too much more.