K6-IIIs as rare as hen's teeth

Production severely constrained

Web sites are reporting that supplies of AMD's K6-III are extremely limited. According to the CPU price check at Sharky Extreme, both the K6-III 450MHz and K6-III 400MHz are not yet available in the US. It quotes vendors as saying that they were told it would be several weeks before supplies were assured. The problem is to do with the limited manufacturing capabilities of AMD. Its Dresden fab will not be onstream until September. That suggests that if AMD is still on target for its K7 part, supplies of the Slot A processor are also likely to be extremely limited. Perhaps an IBM Microelectronics foundry could help it out. An AMD representative in the UK declined to comment on the reports. ®

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