AMD Introduces 475-MHz AMD-K6®-2 Processor With 3DNOW!™ Technology
IBM Chooses Fastest AMD-K6®-2 Processor For Use In Aptiva Personal Computer
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced the introduction of its 475-MHz AMD-K6®-2 processor with 3DNow!™ technology. The AMD-K6-2/475 processor offers a powerful combination of system price and performance and exceeds the clock speed of Intel's fastest available Pentium® II processor. The AMD-K6-2/475 processor will power a soon- to-be-released IBM Aptiva consumer personal computer system targeted at the retail market.
"With the advent of the AMD-K6-2/475 processor, we continue to deliver leading-edge, cost-competitive solutions for the consumer and small business markets," said Dana Krelle, vice president of marketing for the Computation Products Group at AMD. "IBM's use of our fastest AMD-K6-2 processor strengthens AMD's leading position in the retail marketplace."
"IBM is committed to offering consumers the greatest value and highest quality products with the fastest processors available," said Brian Connors, general manager, IBM Consumer Systems. "Our decision to integrate the new AMD-K6-2/475 MHz processor in our Aptiva PCs is proof of our commitment. This processor adds tremendous performance, outstanding graphics and a strong multimedia experience, all at a very reasonable cost."
About the AMD-K6®-2 Processor
The AMD-K6-2 processor with 3DNow! technology delivers leading-edge, sixth-generation performance for today's demanding 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-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 the emerging realistic computing platform. 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 10 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. For a complete list of hardware and software products that support 3DNow! technology, visit the AMD web site at http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/ k623d/optimized.html. Leading software titles optimized for 3DNow! technology are available online at the 3DNow! Technology Aisle on Chumbo.com.
The AMD-K6-2/475 processor is priced at $213 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
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