|Our friends at The Mac Treasures Racing Club (gotta love that name) have sent us word that Formac will be releasing a 500 MHz upgrade card in the middle of May. The Mac Treasures Racing Club found this out from some print ad sales information (nice find!). We are currently awaiting word from Formac on more details. We do not yet have pricing information, but the cards are probably only good on Gossamer and Yosemite motherboards (though it won't be surprising if the card will support only Yosemite motherboards due to system bus speed limitations.
For those that don't know, Formac is a manufacturer of upgrade cards based in Germany. The company is currently developing a US presence.
The Mac Observer Spin: 500 MHz is cool, though it is very possible that these cards will be hopped up 466 MHz chips that Formac has tested to run at 500 MHz. Nonetheless, it is an important milestone. Intel is making faster chips than the AIM consortium as far as clock speeds go and we think it looks bad to the uneducated masses for Apple to not ship machines with the same or higher clock speeds as PC manufacturers. With clone makers gone, upgrade manufactures are left to cater to the bleeding-edge crowd who have a bad case of "the latest-greatest."
Watch for other manufacturers to announce cards in the same time frame.