AMD Athlon™ Processor Sets New Performance Leadership Mark At 750MHz Built On Advanced 0.18 Micron Technology
Systems Based on 750MHz AMD Athlon™ Processor Available for Holiday Buying Season
SUNNYVALE, CA --
Escalating the pace in the PC processor market, AMD today cranked up the frequency on its AMD Athlon™ processor, announcing the immediate availability of a 750MHz AMD Athlon processor. The 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is the industry's fastest and most powerful x86 processor, offering unparalleled performance for high-end and mainstream computer users. Many computer manufacturers plan to offer systems featuring the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor for the holiday buying season, including Compaq and others.
The 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is the first processor that is built using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron manufacturing process, and new AMD Athlon processors are now being built using that advanced technology. The 0.18-micron manufacturing process shrinks the size of the AMD Athlon processor die, enabling faster processor speeds and lowering power consumption.
"With the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor, AMD has rolled out the fastest x86 processor of the millennium, offering computer users unrivaled performance leadership on advanced applications for both the commercial and consumer markets," said Dana Krelle, vice president of Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "The advanced 0.18-micron manufacturing process technology enables AMD to continue delivering x86 processors that lead the industry in both performance and frequency."
"The inclusion of the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor in Compaq's successful Built For You program ensures our customers have access to the most powerful PCs available this holiday season," said Mark Vena, director of CTO at Compaq. "Compaq Presario PCs powered by the new 750MHz 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."
"IBM continues to support AMD's line of AMD Athlon processors," said Brian Dalgetty, Director of Desktop Product Marketing. "We recently announced the Aptiva S Series 870 with an optional ADSL modem for high speed Internet access and simultaneous voice and electronic data communication. The system's optional home networking capability, multiple storage options, as well as the AMD Athlon processor and superior 3D graphics offer greater home office productivity and investment protection."
"AMD Athlon powered CyberMax Enthusiast systems have received outstanding response since their introduction," said Bill Bisignano, CyberMax Vice-President. "I anticipate that the new 750MHz AMD Athlon processor will intensify the demand for what will be the fastest PCs of the year."
AMD Athlon™ Processors: Highest Performing x86 Processor
Computers featuring the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor enable the ultimate computing experience, powering industry leading performance on 3D graphics, audio, video, CAD, digital content creation and productivity applications.
The 750MHz AMD Athlon processor delivers next-generation performance and features for computing systems today. All AMD Athlon processors are now built using an advanced .18-micron manufacturing processor technology that shrinks the size of the AMD Athlon processor die, enables faster processor speeds and lowers power consumption. By using an advanced .18-micron manufacturing process, AMD is able to shrink the structures that form the internal workings of the processor, delivering higher performing processors that are significantly smaller than the current generation of AMD Athlon processors.
The 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is the second speed upgrade AMD has offered its customers since the processor's introduction, reinforcing the extensive performance headroom of the processor.
About the AMD Athlon Processor
The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache technology, including 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3DNow!trade; 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 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha ™ EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing.
AMD Athlon processors are now manufactured on AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas.
The AMD Athlon processor has received numerous industry awards, including: Technical Excellence--Best Component in the Hardware Category, PC Magazine (November 1999); Best Product of 1999, Windows NT Systems (January 2000); Ultimate Game Machine (co-winner), Falcon Northwest Computers, Computer Gaming World (December 1999); State-of-the-Art Desktop PC: Compaq Presario 5861, PC Computing (November 1999); Cadalyst Labs 5-Star (out of a possible 5 stars) Highly Recommended Workstation: XI Computer 650K MTower SP with a 650MHz AMD Athlon processor, Cadalyst (November 1999); Editors' Choice (Desktop PCs): TEC K7-600 PC, CRN Test Center, (September 1999); and Best Exhibited Product, World PC Expo--Japan, Nikkei Business Publications (September 1999).
The 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $799 in 1,000 unit quantities.
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