AMD Introduces Powerful and Power Friendly AMD-K6™-2E+, AMD-K6™-IIIE+ Embedded Processors
Low-power usage processors feature innovative AMD PowerNow!™ technology
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today introduced two new embedded processors offering an exceptional blend of high performance and efficient power consumption for embedded applications, including set top boxes, tethered Internet access devices, server appliances, thin-client PCs, point-of-sale terminals and telecommunications equipment.
The new AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ embedded processors, based on AMD's 0.18 micron process technology, extend the range of Socket 7 and Super7™ compatible embedded processors to new levels of performance. The standard power AMD-K6™-2E+ embedded processor is available at speed grades of 400, 450 and 500MHz, with a low power version available at frequencies of 350, 400 and 450MHz. AMD is also introducing the standard power AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processor at 400, 450, 500 and 550MHz, with a low power version available at 400, 450 and 500MHz. All of AMD's new processors are available in 321-pin grid array (PGA) packaging. Selected versions of the embedded processors also are planned to be available in AMD's new 349-lead organic ball grid array, or OBGA, packaging.
All low powered versions of both the AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processors feature the innovative AMD PowerNow!™ technology, enabling reduced power consumption for power-sensitive applications.
"AMD's new embedded processors are designed to deliver robust and thermally efficient performance available to the embedded market today," said Jerry Vogel, vice president and general manager, Embedded Processor Division at AMD. "They offer the performance, compatibility and stability of supply that AMD customers have come to expect from the E86™ family of embedded processors. Lower power and organic BGA packaging address specific needs of embedded system designers."
Both the AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ family of processors bring higher frequencies and improved levels of performance to the AMD-K6™ family of embedded processors, while featuring lower operating core voltages than their predecessors. Both processor families will be manufactured on AMD's 0.18 micron manufacturing process, also contributing to the processors' thermal efficiency. Additionally, the OBGA packaging is planned to enable smaller, socketless designs for space-constrained and cost-sensitive applications.
Industry Supports AMD-K6™E+ Processors
"The low power rating of AMD's new AMD-K6™-2E+ processors allowed Lucent to provide a compact, cost-effective package for our new model 80 VPN Firewall," said Howie Gittleson, vice president of engineering, Lucent's WAN VPN Products Group. "Combined with its excellent processing power, the AMD-K6™-2E+ processors helped the model 80 achieve the best price/performance rating for branch office VPN firewalls in the industry."
AMD's E86 family is backed up by an outstanding array of third parties. "Acer Labs (ALi) has committed to provide its Aladdin V and Aladdin 7 chipsets to support the AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processors. ALi recognizes the importance of providing not only cost-effective, high-performance solutions to the embedded market, but also providing products that will be available for the long term. Typically, ALi supports its chipsets for at least five years in the embedded market," said Nancy Hartsoch, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for ALi.
Additional FusionE86SM third-party partner support for the AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processsors is planned to be provided by Datalight, General Software, QNX, Lineo, VersaLogic, Adastra (a JUMPtec company), ICS and others.
About the AMD-K6™-2E+ Processor
The AMD-K6™-2E+ processor offers exceptional performance, thermal efficiency and value for embedded designers. The processor integrates 128KB of full-speed L2 cache and 64KB internal L1 cache. Features include an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow!™ instruction set with five additional digital signal processing (DSP) instructions and a 100MHz front-side bus.
Low-power versions of the AMD-K6™-2E+ processor support the innovative AMD PowerNow!™ technology and operate at core voltages ranging from 1.4 to 1.8 Volts. They have an extended case temperature rating of 85 degrees Celsius, and dissipate as few as 3 Watts of power. Standard-power versions of the AMD-K6™-2E+ processor operate at a core voltage of 2.0 Volts, and have a standard case temperature rating of 70 degrees Celsius.
About the AMD-K6™-IIIE+ Processor
The AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processor is the highest performance processor in the AMD-K6™ embedded family. The processor features an innovative, multiport cache design with support 256KB of integrated, full-speed L2 cache and 64KB of L1 cache. Additional features include an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow!™ instruction set with five additional digital signal processing (DSP) instructions and a 100MHz front-side bus.
Low-power versions of the AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processor support the innovative AMD PowerNow!™ technology and operate at core voltages ranging from 1.4 to 1.8 Volts. They have an extended case temperature rating of 85 degrees Celsius, and dissipate as few as 3 Watts of power. Standard power versions of the AMD-K6™-IIIE processor operate at a core voltage of 2.0 Volts, and have a standard case temperature rating of 70 degrees Celsius.
About AMD PowerNow!™ Technology
AMD PowerNow!™ technology can be used to significantly reduce the power dissipation in an embedded application by up to 74 percent, and allow for fanless operation for many standard applications.
AMD PowerNow!™ technology is a combination of software and hardware support that may be used to enable the processor to run at different frequencies and voltages. There are three basic modes of operation, including AMD's innovative "automatic" mode.
Pricing and Availability
- Automatic Mode - The operating system monitors application use and dynamically varies operating frequency and voltage to deliver performance on demand while optimizing power consumption.
- High Performance Mode - The CPU runs at its maximum frequency and voltage.
- Power Saver Mode - The CPU runs at its lowest frequency and voltage to conserve power.
The AMD-K6™-2E+ and AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processors in PGA packages are available now through AMD authorized distributors at the following prices:
AMD-K6™-IIIE+ processors (All pricing in 1,000-unit quantities)
550MHz Standard Power $101
500MHz Standard Power $91
450MHz Standard Power* $83
400MHz Standard Power* $78
500MHz Low Power $106
450MHz Low Power $94
400MHz Low Power* $89
AMD-K6™-2E+ processors (All pricing in 1,000-unit quantities)
500MHz Standard Power $78
450MHz Standard Power* $71
400MHz Standard Power* $66
450MHz Low Power $82
400MHz Low Power* $76
350MHz Low Power* $71
*Available in PGA and planned to be available in OBGA packages; otherwise, available in PGA only.
About AMD's Embedded Products Division
AMD has served the embedded market for more than 20 years and continues to produce embedded products designed to offer outstanding performance at an optimal cost. AMD's E86 family of embedded AMD-K6™ processors, Elan™ 32-bit microcontrollers, and the 16-bit microcontrollers are designed to provide cost-effective, performance-oriented solutions for the embedded market. AMD's FusionE86 third-party support program offers a vast array of hardware and software vendors whose products can help reduce time-to-market for embedded designs. Whether designing for Internet appliances, consumer electronics, networking, mass storage, industrial control applications, or telecommunications, AMD's x86-compatible E86 family delivers the features, performance, and reliability required to support generations of embedded designs.
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