Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today introduced new AMD-K6-2e and K6-IIIe embedded processors for thin clients, point-of-sale terminals and telecom devices. The new MPUs are available in speed grades of 350 to 550 MHz and in special low-power-consumption versions.
The embedded processors, with 0.18-micron design rules, are available in 321-pin grid array packages. And in the future, selected versions will come in a new 349-leaded organic ball grid array.
Units are available now at prices in 1,000-lot quantities ranging from $71 for the K6-2e 350-MHz to $101 for the 550-MHz K6-IIIe.
AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif., also unveiled what it called an "assured motherboard program" to qualify third-party motherboards using Athlon and Duron processors that pass AMD's testing criteria. It is AMD's answer to archrival Intel Corp.'s motherboard and component qualification.
In separate activity, AMD announced a three-year supply agreement for flash memories with Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., for a broad range of printer products. Unlike other corporate component-supply agreements that are announced to have billion-dollar potential open-to-buy sales, AMD and HP attached no dollar amount to their flash pact.