AMD Introduces 550MHz AMD-K6® -2 Processor with 3DNOW!™ Technology
-Offering Excellent Performance for Value PCs-
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced the 550MHz AMD-K6® -2 processor with 3DNow!™ technology. The AMD-K6-2 processor family is fully compatible with the recently announced Microsoft™ Windows 2000 operating system, as well as Windows 98 and other PC operating systems.
"The AMD-K6-2 processor family offers a cost-effective and excellent solution for mainstream applications in the small business and consumer markets," said Dana Krelle, vice president of marketing for the Computation Products Group at AMD. "Providing a good balance of price, performance and features, the AMD-K6-2 processor family allows our customers to offer some of the most competitive PC products on the market."
"We're confident Windows 2000 will be the operating system of choice for small businesses as well as the largest enterprises," said Brian Valentine, senior vice president, Windows Division, Microsoft Corporation. "We're therefore excited to see that entry-level platforms such as the 550MHz AMD-K6-2 processor offer excellent performance and a great end-user experience on Windows 2000."
About the AMD-K6® -2 Processor
The AMD-K6-2 processor with 3DNow!™ technology delivers excellent performance for today's mainstream Microsoft Windows compatible home and office applications. The 9.3-million-transistor AMD-K6-2 processor is manufactured on AMD's 0.25-micron, five-layer-metal process technology using local interconnect and shallow trench isolation at AMD's Fab 25 wafer fabrication facility in Austin, Texas. The AMD-K6-2 processor is packaged in a Super7™ platform-compatible, 321-ceramic pin grid array (CPGA) package using C4 flip-clip interconnection technology.
About 3DNow!™ Technology
3DNow! technology, developed by AMD, was the first innovation to the x86 architecture that significantly enhanced floating-point-intensive 3D graphics and multimedia applications. It uses single instruction multiple data (SIMD) and other performance enhancements to provide a compelling visual computing experience.
The worldwide installed base of 3DNow!™ technology-enhanced PCs has grown to more than 20 million desktop and notebook systems spanning all price points. Support for 3DNow!™ technology exists today in leading industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs), including Microsoft's DirectX 6.0 and 7.0, and SGI's OpenGL APIs. In addition, numerous hardware and software products have been optimized for 3DNow!™ technology.
Leading software titles optimized for 3DNow!™ technology are available online at the 3DNow!™ Technology Aisle on Chumbo.com.
The AMD-K6-2/550 processor is priced at $189 each in 1,000-unit quantities.