SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today rolled out a 750-MHz Athlon microprocessor that tops the speed of rival Intel Corp.'s fastest Pentium III, which clocks in at 733 MHz.
The Sunnyvale chip maker last week confirmed that it had the new processor ready and that it already had a new design win for the chip from Gateway inc. (see Nov. 24 story). AMD also said today that Comaq Computer Corp. and IBM Corp. would offer desktop systems with the new chip for the holiday buying season.
According to said Mark Vena, director of consumer technology at Houston-based Compaq, "Compaq Presario PCs powered by the new 750-MHz AMD Athlon processor can be configured in a manner that provides maximum customization for power-hungry consumers who require the highest level of microprocessor horsepower to run the most demanding gaming and multimedia applications today and in the future."
The 750-MHz Athlon processor AMD's first to be built on its aluminum 0.18-micron manufacturing process at Fab 25 in Austin, Tex. The chip's speed will allow computer systems to run industry-leading performance on 3-D graphics, audio, video, CAD, digital content creation and productivity applications, according to the company.
The AMD Athlon features high-performance cache technology, including 128 kilobytes of on-chip level (L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3Dnow! graphics technology with 24 new instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming and DSP communications; and the AMD Athlon system bus -- a 200-MHz system interface based on the Alpha EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing.
The 750-MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $799 each in 1,000 unit quantities.