SUNNYVALE, CALIF. Advanced Micro Devices describes its 800-MHz Athlon processor as a "seventh-generation" X86 device. The superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture is optimized for high clock frequency and packs what AMD says is the first fully pipelined, superscalar floating-point unit for X86 platforms. The device integrates 128 kbytes of Level 1 cache and a programmable, high-performance back-side L2 cache interface.
The 800-MHz Athlon offers enhanced 3DNow! technology with 24 extra instructions to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming and DSP communications. The Athlon system bus is a 200-MHz system interface based on the Alpha EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing.
The chip is manufactured on AMD's 0.18-micron aluminum process and is $849 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
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