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AMD releases 750MHz Athlon chip

AMD releases 750MHz Athlon chip

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) last week regained the lead in the megahertz race from arch-rival Intel with the launch of a 750MHz Athlon processor, with several leading PC makers already signed up to use the speedy chip in upcoming models.

AMD released the high-end microprocessor along with a new 533MHz version of its K6-2 processor series, said Richard Baker, an AMD spokesman in the UK.

The 750MHz Athlon chip, the company's first chip built on the new 0.18 micron aluminium process, beats out Intel's speediest 733MHz Pentium III processor in terms of raw clock speed. It is priced at $US799 in 1000-unit quantities, AMD said in a statement.

Several PC vendors, including Compaq and IBM, also announced last week their intention to ship new PC models with the 750MHz Athlon processor. Compaq, for example, plans to use the speedy Athlon chip in a new Presario model, the statement said. Presario is Compaq's consumer-oriented PC line.

Catering to the rapidly growing low-cost PC segment, AMD last week also released a 533MHz K6-2 processor, carrying a list price of $US167 in 1000-unit quantities.

Compaq, again, was among the vendors saying that they plan to use the chip, according to a statement issued by AMD.

With the release of the 750MHz Athlon, which follows a 700MHz version introduced a few months ago, AMD is reclaiming the clock-speed crown it briefly lost to Intel when the chip giant last month unveiled its 733MHz Pentium III.

However, last month Intel admitted that it is having difficulties in ramping up production of its fastest processors.

AMD, meanwhile, said that it expects to ship as many as 800,000 Athlon processors in the current quarter. Strong processor and Flash memory chip demand is expected to help the company to achieve its target of more than $US800 million in revenue and break-even operating results in the current quarter, the company said.

The chip maker has been in the red for several quarters now. AMD recently reported a net loss of over $US105 million for its third quarter, ended September 26.

AMD last month also opened a new wafer-fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany , which by the second quarter of next year is expected to start volume production of Athlons.http://www.amd.com


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