De officiŽle press-release:
AMD today introduced the 650MHz AMD Athlon processor, the world's fastest microprocessor for x86 computer systems. The company claims the Athlon significantly outperforms previous-generation processors, such as Intel's Pentium III products, and delivers the highest floating point, integer and 3D multimedia performance for x86 system platforms. More information is available on the Athlonís official website, also launched today. The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; 128KB of on-chip level-one cache and a programmable L2 cache interface; enhanced 3DNow! technology with 24 new instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming and DSP communications; and the AMD Athlon system bus -- a 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. The initial versions of the AMD Athlon processor are manufactured on AMD's 0.25-micron process technology. Shipments of AMD Athlon processors to system manufacturers began late last quarter, as previously announced. AMD Athlon processor-based systems are expected to be available for sale this month. Dozens of system manufacturers, including such top-10 original equipment manufacturers as Compaq and IBM, plan to use the AMD Athlon processor in systems designed for business users and computing enthusiasts.