2/1/2000: AMD will stop making K6-III
The big demand of K7s and K6-2s has done that AMD raises seriously the elimination of the production of the K6-III, a too expensive mike, although of yield more than understudy.
It is not official on the part of AMD, nevertheless in ZDNet they affirm that an AMD representative confirmed it to herself personally. It seems that the position of the K6-III was not too clear, with the K7 at the prices whom one was finding (lightly more expensive) and the much cheaper K6-2 and at major clock speed, with a yield also acceptably. The K6-III was the only alternative for the platform Super7 with a yield equivalent to a Pentium III. It is necessary to bear in mind that a K6-III 400 is in general more rapid than a K6-2 500 and at least so rapidly as a Celeron 400.
Other rumors were affirming that the K6-III would see his market limited to the portable computers; nevertheless it seems that there will be the K6-2 who acupe also this hollow.
Also, the prompt appearance of the K6-2 + would make the presence of this mike unnecessary. The new one K6-2 +, with the nucleus of the K6-III like base, will be provided with some of 24 new instructions 3DNow! that the K7 added, will be made by 0,18 microns technology and will include also 128 KB of cache memory L2 integrated (according to some sources, in fact 256 KB of the K6-III but only with 128 paymasters... rarer things have been seen).
Summing up: the K6-III stops being made, having reached much minor speeds of the possible ones, to happen to call K6-2 +, with half of cache memory L2 (or the same one, with part activable from the BIOS?) and speeds of at least 600 MHz.
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