AMD-K6®-III Processors with 3DNow!™ Technology Power Microsoft Games Pavillion at E3
450 MHz AMD-K6®-III Processors Featured in Compaq Presario 5600 Internet PC Selected as the Ultimate Gaming Machine By Microsoft
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced that the Compaq Presario 5600 Internet PC, featuring the AMD-K6®-III/450 processor with 3DNow!™ technology, has been chosen to showcase Microsoft's latest and upcoming games at this year's E3 Expo, the industry's largest electronic gaming tradeshow.
"Our goal is to make the best games and games devices possible," said Beth Featherstone, group product manager for Microsoft Games. "So we're excited to have Compaq and AMD in our corner to ensure that Microsoft's games will look, sound, and play their best at E3."
"The Compaq Presario 5600 Internet PC provides an excellent platform to demonstrate hardware technologies and components that are enabling software developers to deliver a more realistic overall gaming experience," said Mark Vena, director of Consumer Products Division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Microsoft's selection of the Compaq Presario 5600 Internet PC as its gaming platform of choice for E3 is an excellent confirmation of the performance capabilities of both the AMD-K6-III processor as well as the Presario 5600."
"Microsoft's selection of the Compaq Presario 5600 Internet PC as the gaming platform of choice for their Games Pavilion at E3 demonstrates the capability of the AMD-K6-III processor with 3DNow! technology to deliver the cutting edge visual computing experience required to run the latest, most graphic intensive applications," said Ned Finkle, director of Infrastructure Technology Development for AMD's Advanced Architecture Lab.
About the AMD-K6®-III processor
The AMD-K6-III processor with 3DNow! technology incorporates AMD's TriLevel Cache™ design to enable leading-edge performance for today's consumer PC enthusiasts and business power users. The innovative TriLevel Cache design maximizes the overall system performance of AMD-K6-III processor-based desktop PCs by delivering one of the industry's largest maximum combined system caches. This larger total cache results in higher system performance. The TriLevel Cache design includes a full-speed 64KB Level 1 (L1) cache (a standard feature of the AMD-K6 processor family), an internal full-speed backside 256KB Level 2 (L2) cache, and a 100-MHz frontside bus to an optional external Level 3 (L3) cache on the Super7™ motherboard. With a total of 320KB of combined L1 and L2 cache, the AMD-K6-III processor has more internal cache memory than any other x86 CPU available today.
The 21.3-million transistor AMD-K6-III 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-III processor is packaged in a 100-MHz Super7 platform-compatible, 321-pin ceramic pin grid array (CPGA) package using C4 flip-chip interconnection technology.
About 3DNow!™ Technology
3DNow! technology, the first innovation to the x86 architecture that significantly enhances floating-point-intensive 3D graphics and multimedia applications, uses SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) and other performance enhancements to enable a superior visual computing experience. Introduced as a key feature of the AMD-K6-2 processor in May 1998, 3DNow! technology has more than a nine-month time-to-market head start over competing CPU-based 3D enhancement technologies. The worldwide installed base of 3DNow! technology-enhanced PCs has grown to more than 12 million systems. AMD processors with 3DNow! technology span the complete range of desktop and mobile computing, from sub-$1,000 PCs to high-performance laptops based on the Mobile AMD-K6-2 processor to high-end multimedia desktop systems powered by the new AMD-K6-III processor.
Support for 3DNow! technology exists today in the leading industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs), including Microsoft's DirectX 6.x and SGI's OpenGL APIs. In addition, numerous hardware and software products have been optimized for 3DNow! technology. Accolade, Activision, Criterion Studios, Digital Anvil, Eidos, GT Interactive, Gremlin, id Software, Interplay, Psygnosis, Rage, and 3DO have announced their support for 3DNow! technology in several of their forthcoming software titles. These publishers and developers join a growing list of software and hardware developers, including Microsoft, IBM, Epic Games, 3Dfx, and Matrox, that already support 3DNow! in their leading 3D graphics-intensive applications and hardware. New titles supporting 3DNow! technology continue to be added.