Advanced Micro Devices is to ramp up the speed of its K6-2 microprocessors with a version running at 350MHz. According to spokesman Scott Allen, AMD will position the chip as a viable competitor to Intel's Pentium II processors in the market for performance desktop PCs.
The chip includes AMD's graphics-enhancing 3DNow technology, which will make the K6-2 an attractive processor for users running 3D applications including video games, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst with Dataquest.
The chip also includes a 100MHz front-side bus - a performance-boosting feature that increases the speed at which the processor communicates with the rest of the system - up from the 66MHz front-side bus in AMD's 333MHz chip.
AMD would not disclose pricing, nor would it say which PC makers plan to offer the chip in their systems. A source close to AMD said IBM plans to include the device in its Aptiva desktop line.
Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Everex and CTX Computer, a subsidiary of Taiwanese firm Chuntex Electronics, also currently offer K6-2 processors in some of their desktop systems.