AMD Rolls Out New Processors

AMD ( today announced the introduction of two new high-speed processors. The 533-MHz AMD K6-2 processor with 3Dnow! technology and the fastest-to-date 750-MHz AMD Athlon processor were both released today.

The K6-2 processor with 3Dnow! technology provides the necessary speed and performance for today's Windows-based home and office applications and systems. The 9.3-million-transistor 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 processor is packaged in a Super7 platform-compatible, 321-ceramic pin grid array (CPGA) package using C4 flip-clip interconnection technology.

3Dnow! technology, developed by AMD, uses the x86 architecture, significantly enhancing the 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 750-MHz AMD Athlon processor, currently the industry's fastest by raw numbers, was also introduced today. The processor will be incorporated into home and business systems by several manufacturers, including Compaq (

The Athlon processor is the first processor to be built using AMD's aluminum, 0.18-micron manufacturing process, and new Athlon processors are now being built using that advanced technology. The 0.18-micron manufacturing process shrinks the size of the processor die, enabling faster processor speeds and lowering power consumption. The 750-MHz AMD Athlon processor is the second speed upgrade AMS has offered its customers since the processor's introduction.

The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; a fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache technology, including 128 KB of on-chip level one (L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3Dnow! 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 200 MHz system interface based on the Alpha EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing.

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