AMD BEATS INTEL TO 1 GHz.
Intel Corp., which--at least until it fell behind AMD last year--had been widely expected to hit the 1GHz mark first, made a similar announcement a few days later. AMD said Compaq and Gateway will be the first OEMs to ship systems with the 1GHz Athlon processor, which is based on AMD's .18 micron process technology and will have a 200MHz system bus. Intel chips with a 133MHz system bus will appear in systems from Dell, HP, and IBM.
The 1GHz Athlon CPUs will be priced initially at $1,299 in 1,000 units (1ku) quantities. New 950 and 900MHz Athlon chips will be priced at $999 and $899 in 1ku quantities, respectively. Both Compaq and Gateway systems will command a price premium: probably at least $3,000 initially. In addition to the new, faster CPUs, Gateway and Compaq systems will have huge hard drives, at least 30GB, and 128MB of RAM. Expect significant price drops on slower chips from both Intel and AMD.
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|Publication:||Computer Technology Review|
|Article Type:||Product Announcement|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2000|
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