Na een aantal maanden van onduidelijkheid heeft AMD gisteren eindelijk de K6-2+ en K6-III+ mobile processors aangekondigd. Beide CPU's zijn grotendeels gelijk, maar verschillen in specs op het gebied van de L2 cache: de K6-III+ heeft 256KB on-die L2 cache terwijl de K6-2+ het met 128KB moet doen. Bij de K6-III+ kan bovendien een third level cache toegevoegd worden. Zoals Vorige week al door C|Net werd gemeld zal Hewlett Packard als eerste fabrikant met een K6-2+ notebook op de markt komen:
AMD today announced the Mobile AMD-K6®-III+ and Mobile AMD-K6-2+ processor families with speeds up to 500MHz.
Hewlett-Packard Company has chosen the 475MHz Mobile AMD-K6-2+processor to power its Pavilion 3215N notebook PC. Models are shipping immediately.
The first mobile devices to be manufactured on AMD's advanced 0.18 micron technology, these processors support a number of notable features including high-speed on-chip L2 cache, AMD's innovative PowerNow! battery saving technology and an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow!(tm) instruction set with digital signal processing (DSP) instructions.
[...] About the Mobile AMD-K6®-III+ Processor
The Mobile AMD-K6-III+ processor is targeted at high performance notebooks. Available in clock speeds of 500, 475 and 450MHz, this enhanced version replaces the Mobile AMD-K6-III-P processor. The processor has a full-speed 256Kbyte on-die, Level 2 cache, and includes support for AMD's unique TriLevel Cache(tm) design with optional external Level 3 cache of up to 1MB for additional performance. The Mobile AMD-K6-III+ has a 100MHz front-side bus, an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow! instruction set with digital signal processing (DSP) instructions, and support for AMD's PowerNow! technology for better system battery life.
About the Mobile AMD-K6-2+ Processor
The Mobile AMD-K6-2+ processor offers exceptional performance and features for value notebook PCs. Available at 500, 475 and 450MHz, the processor incorporates 128Kbyte on-chip, Level 2 cache, support for AMD's innovative PowerNow! technology, an enhanced implementation of AMD's 3DNow! instruction set with digital signal processing (DSP) instructions, and a 100MHz front-side bus.
Both the Mobile AMD-K6-III+ and Mobile AMD-K6-2+ processors operate at a core voltage of 2.0 Volts, have an extended case temperature rating of 85 degrees Celsius, and dissipate as little as 3 Watts of power running in PowerNow! battery-saver mode of operation. The processors are available in Socket 7/Super7(tm) platform-compatible 321-pin Ceramic Pin Grid Array packages, and are manufactured at AMD's Fab 25 wafer fabrication facility in Austin, Texas.
About PowerNow! Technology
Developed by AMD, PowerNow! technology enables high-performance and extended battery life in the same system. PowerNow! allows the processor to operate at different clock speeds and voltages, depending on the user's need for maximum performance or maximum battery life. On AC power, the processor typically runs at maximum frequency and normal voltage. When running off the battery, the processor can run at a lower frequency and voltage to extend battery life. Intermediate modes of operation are also possible, where the system can balance battery life vs. performance needs. Processor mode changes are transparent and occur automatically, based on user preferences; however, a simple Microsoft Windows® control panel interface allows the user the choice of running in other modes.
PowerNow! technology requires specific notebook system and BIOS support. AMD is working with OEMs and its development partners such as Phoenix Technologies, to help enable the delivery of systems to market with full support for PowerNow! technology later this year.