- Jan 28, 2017
Sounds impressive but AMD did the right thing at the time.I read that Keller was chief architect of "K8 prototype" what was much powerful than public K8 (assuming that ex-DEC engineers were inspired by very powerful DEC Alpha EV8 with it's 4-way SMT). However it was canceled in favor of much simple K8, based on K7 with 64-bit instruction set. Keller left AMD in 1999 and K8 design was led by chief architect Fred Webber who developed K7 earlier. This is what I read.
With Intel trying to push Itanium AMD had a huge opportunity, plus K7 was still more than good enough to compete.