AMD launches embedded K6-2, K6-III processors

AMD launches embedded K6-2, K6-III processors

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced two new embedded processors based on the vendor's 0.18-micron technology.

The K6-2E+ and K6-IIIE+ processors target embedded applications including set-top boxes, Internet access devices, server appliances, thin-client PCs, POS (point-of-sale) terminals and telecommunications equipment, AMD said in a statement. The standard-power K6-2E+ processor will be available in clock speeds of 400MHz, 450MHz and 500MHz, with a low-power version available for frequencies as low as 350MHz. The K6-IIIE+ will stretch up to a maximum clock speed of 550MHz, with a lower power version accommodating processing capabilities as low as 400MHz.

AMD said both processors improve on its previous K6 products, offering higher available frequencies and lower operating core voltages. Selected versions of the processors are likely to be available in AMD's new 349-lead OBGA (organic ball grid array) packaging - a move which the company claims will facilitate smaller, socketless designs for space-constrained applications.

The company released pricing on the new K6 processors based on orders for 1000-unit quantities. At 550MHz, the standard power K6-IIIE+ processor will cost $US101 with 400MHz chips coming in at $78. For low power, the prices vary between $106 for 500MHz and $89 for 400MHz.

For the K6-2E+ line, AMD will charge $78 for the 500MHz processor running under standard power and $66 for the 400MHz unit. The low-power costs range between $82 for the 450MHz processor and $71 for its 350MHz counterpart.

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