AMD INTRODUCES NEW CHIPS.Advance Micro Devices (AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. ) introduced this week the latest versions of its Athlon microprocessor as well as new chips from its Duron series. AMD expects these new products to receive an enthusiastic reception and enhance its position as No. 2 against Intel Corp.'s No. 1 position.
The new chips will run at speeds from 750 megahertz One million cycles per second. See MHz.
MegaHertz - (MHz) Millions of cycles per second. The unit of frequency used to measure the clock rate of modern digital logic, including microprocessors. to one gigahertz One billion cycles per second. See GHz.
(unit) GigaHertz - (GHz) Billions of cycles per second.
The unit of frequency used to measure the clock rate of modern digital logic, including microprocessors. and will integrate a special cache so that the memory subsystem A unit or device that is part of a larger system. For example, a disk subsystem is a part of a computer system. A bus is a part of the computer. A subsystem usually refers to hardware, but it may be used to describe software. can run at the full speed of the processor. Its earlier introduced Athlon chip kept its cache separate from the processor, and did not compete effectively with Intel's gigahertz Pentium chip which combined the cache with the processor.
AMD indicated that Compaq Computer Corp. and Gateway, Inc., will be major users of the new chip which will be shipped during the third quarter of 2000. It expects the new chips to be the successor to the K6 and K6-2 chip families which had not been particularly successful in competition with Intel's Celeron chips.