News.com heeft een artikel over de AMD K7 bij elkaar geraapt. Hier heb je een stuk:
Analysts say the K7 looks good on paper. The first versions are expected to run as fast as 600 megahertz, compared with 550MHz for Intel's fastest Pentium III. Megahertz is a measure of how fast a microprocessor can perform its computations.
AMD won't say how much it will charge for the K7. Some analysts expect it to sell for as much as $700 when it rolls out, compared with $220 for its highest-powered K6. More powerful K7s for corporate computers could cost much more.
The K7 ``has every appearance of being a part that can radically change their position in the marketplace,'' said Michael Slater, principal analyst at Cahners MicroDesign Resources, a consulting firm based in Sebastopol, California.
The question, according to Slater and others, is whether AMD can overcome its track record and make the ``part,'' as semiconductors are known in the industry.
The company was a year late with the K5 processor in 1996, and it struggled to get its successor, the K6, to market as well. Design problems and production glitches with the K6 left AMD with losses totaling $125 million in 1997 and 1998.