AMD, Rise launch new processors
New low-cost alternatives to Intel's Pentium II already have some takers.
November 18, 1998
by Terho Uimonen
(IDG) -- LAS VEGAS -- Rise Technology has unveiled its first mP6 processors aimed squarely at low-cost PCs, while Advanced Micro Devices has launched its fastest K6-2 processor to date.
AMD said its new 400MHz version of the K6-2 puts the company only one speed grade behind market leader Intel's high-end 450MHz Pentium II processor.
Compaq was the first major PC vendor to announce new consumer models using the AMD processor. The company's Presario line will incorporate the 400MHz K6-2.
The 400MHz K6-2 processor is priced at $283 in 1000-unit quantities. On Monday, AMD introduced 380MHz and 366MHz versions of the K6-2, priced at $213 and $187, respectively.
According to AMD, both Acer Laboratories and Via Technologies have committed to developing chip sets for the company's next-generation K7 processor. Scheduled for release in the second quarter of 1999, the K7 will run at clock speeds of 500MHz and higher. AMD held its first public demonstrations of prototype systems running the K7 here at the fall Comdex show.
On the low end, the modest power consumption of the Rise mP6 chips -- available now in versions offering performance similar to Intel processors running at 166MHz, 233MHz, and 266MHz -- allows the processors to be used in both portables and sub-$1000 desktop PCs, the Santa Clara, California-based company said.
Rise is targeting the 166-mP6 model at information appliances, such as set-top boxes, DVD players, and Windows terminals, while the 233-mP6 and 266-mP6 versions are aimed at portable and desktop PCs, the company said.
Available in two different packages, a 387-pin ball grid array for portables and a Socket 7 version for desktops, the 266 mP6 is priced at $70 in 1000-unit quantities. The 233 and 166 versions cost $60 and $50, respectively.
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