Sunnyvale, Calif. Advanced Micro Devices has launched two Socket 7- and Super7-compatible E86 embedded processor families, both manufactured on 0.18-micron process technology and available in 321-pin grid array (PGA) packaging. Selected versions of the AMD-K6-IIIE+ and AMD-K6-2E+ embedded processors will come packaged in AMD's 349-lead, socketless organic ball grid array (OBGA).
The standard-power AMD-K6-IIIE+ is available in 400-, 450-, 500- and 550-MHz speed grades. The processor features a multiport cache design with support for 256 kbytes of integrated, full-speed Level 2 cache and 64 kbytes of Level 1 cache. The IIIE+ series also includes an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow! multimedia instruction set with five additional digital signal processing instructions and a 100-MHz front-side bus.
The standard-power AMD-K6-2E+ embedded processor, for its part, is available at speed grades of 400, 450 and 500 MHz. The 2E+ device integrates 128 kbytes of L2 and 64 kbytes of internal L1 cache, and includes the enhanced 3DNow! instructions and 100-MHz front-side bus.
AMD sees applications for the embedded processors in products such as set-top boxes, tethered Internet access devices, server appliances, thin-client PCs, point-of-sale terminals and telecommunications equipment.
Low-power versions of the AMD-K6-IIIE+ are available at 400, 450 and 500 MHz. The low-power versions support AMD's PowerNow! technology for lower power consumption, and operate at core voltages ranging from 1.4 to 1.8 V. They have an extended case-temperature rating of 85 degrees C, and offer power dissipation as low as 3 watts. By comparison, standard-power versions operate at a core voltage of 2 V and have a standard case-temperature rating of 70 degrees C.
Low-power versions of the AMD-K6-2E+, which also support the PowerNow! technology, are available at 350, 400 and 450 MHz. They have the same core voltages, case temperature and power dissipation as the IIIE+.
Jerry Vogel, vice president and general manager of AMD's Embedded Processor Division, said the new OBGA packaging should enable smaller, socketless designs for space-constrained, cost-sensitive applications. He added that Acer Labs has committed to provide its Aladdin V and Aladdin 7 chip sets to support the two new embedded devices.
In 1,000-piece quantities, AMD-K6-IIIE+ processors in PGA packages are priced from $78 (400 MHz, standard power) to $106 (500 MHz, low power). A 550-MHz standard-power version is $101.
AMD-K6-2E+ processors in PGA packages range from $66 (400 MHz, standard power) to $82 (450 MHz, low power). A 500-MHz standard-power version is priced at $78.
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