4/19/2000: AMD presents (finally!) the K6-2 + and K6-III +
After many doubts and postponements, AMD has just presented his new microprocessors of the family K6. The good reception that the Athlon have received, as well as his excellent price, they had raised serious doubts if these mikes would be finally made.
The decision that AMD seems to have taken it is to destine these mikes to the market of portable PCs and to leave that of dessert to the diverse models of Athlon that it is going to present in the next months, although, on having been mikes Socket 7, theoretically there should not be problems to install them in dessert computers, whenever the motherboard supports them at level of BIOS and voltage (2.0 V).
Both mikes incorporate the technology of saving of energy PowerNow! (almost identical to the SpeedStep used by Intel), they have the secondary cache memory integrated to the proper mike (256 KB in the K6-III + and 128 KB in the K6-2 +), they incorporate an improved set of instructions 3DNow! and they have been made by 0,18 microns technology, what implies a minor consumption and the possibility of reaching major speeds in the future.
According to AMD, the yield of these mikes is significantly superior to that of the equivalent models of Intel, what must take with certain prudence until independent tests exist. In any case, Hewlett-Packard has already announced a portable one with the K6-2 +, and it is of hoping that the prices of portable should go down, what he always benefits the user.
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