SUNNYVALE, Calif.--As expected, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today launched its fastest speed grades of PC microprocessors--a 1.4-GHz Athlon for high-end personal computers and a 950-MHz Duron central processor for home and lower-range business systems.
Last week, industry sources said they were expecting AMD to bumped up the high-end clock rate of the Athlon processor to 1.4 GHz from 1.3 GHz as it attempts to narrow the speed gap with Intel Corp. (see June 1 story).
AMD claimed that 1.4-GHz Athlon-based systems--using double data rate (DDR) SDRAMs--will continue to outperform computers based on 1.7-GHz Pentium 4 processors by up to 40%, based on a variety of benchmarks. AMD also said PCs based on the faster Duron chip provide a 30% performance advantage over systems using Intel's Celeron.
Compaq Computer Corp. today said it is offering systems based on the faster AMD processors. The Sunnyvale processor company said it expects Hewlett-Packard, MicronPC, NEC, and others to soon announce systems based on the faster processors.
The 1.4-GHz Athlon processor is available with a 266-MHz front-side bus (FSB) or a 200-MHz FSB. It is priced at $253 in 1,000-unit quantities. The 950-MHz Duron processor is priced at $122 each in 1,000-unit quantities.