Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has announced the K6-III processor, its highest-performance x86 chip, which is shipping with its enhanced 3D technology, 3DNow.
The K6-III combines 3DNow with AMD's new TriLevel Cache, a design which boosts the speed at which the chip can process instructions, according to a statement from AMD. The TriLevel Cache design features a full-speed 64KB Level 1 (L1) cache, an internal full-speed backside 256KB Level 2 (L2) cache and a 100MHz frontside bus to an optional external 3 (L3) cache on the motherboard, it said. The K6-III's combined cache size delivers up to two-and-a-half times more total system cache than Intel's Pentium III, AMD maintained.
The K6-III is designed for use with Microsoft's Windows 98 and Windows NT operating systems, the statement said.
Coinciding with the announcement, several vendors have revealed their plans for using AMD's K6-III processor. According to AMD, nine of the world's top 10 PC vendors are now offering systems that use AMD processors.
AMD has begun volume shipments of the 400MHz K6-III and is sampling the 450MHz version to PC manufacturers, AMD said.