IBM released an Aptiva computer for $1,299based around the new chip, while future machines from CTX and Compaq, among others, are expected,according to AMD. The processor price war has been quite in evidence this week. On Monday,Intel released two new low-cost Celeron processors with integrated cachememory. The 333-MHz and 300-MHz Celeron chips sell in volume for,respectively, $192 and $149 with retail prices slightly higher. Followingthe release, a number of chip dealers cut the price of 300-MHz and333-MHz K6-2 chips. Now, the 333-MHz K6-2 sells for $180 at various retailoutlets while the 300-MHz K6-2 sells for $119.
The 350-MHz K6-2 comes to market for a wholesale price of $317, Lynn Computer Products, however, isalready advertising that it will sell the chip for around $269 when thecompany get supplies in the first part of September, The 350-MHz chip comes with a 100-MHz bus and AMD's 3DNow technology, whichimproves the quality and richness of 3D applications that support Direct X3D self portrait with thorn necklace and humming bird - frida kahlo iphone case technology from Microsoft, saidKrelle, Acomputer based around the K6-2 will provide a richer experience for thegame Quake, for example, than a Pentium II computer because of 3DNowtechnology, he said, Microsoft's upcoming Chrome technology, which willbring 3D to Web sites, will also run better on K6-2 computers..
Intel will enhance 3D performance on its chips with the Katmai generationof processors coming in Q1 1999. Krelle further added that AMD has cured its manufacturing problems. Latelast year, the company could not produce enough of its K6 processors.While this glitch was being fixed, AMD started to have problems inproducing enough 333-MHz K6-2 chips. Released in late May, most dealersdid not have chips until close to August. AMD altered some of the speed paths on the 333-MHz K6-2, which broughtvolumes back up.
"There was a little bit of a slow ramp to the 333," self portrait with thorn necklace and humming bird - frida kahlo iphone case he said, "The 333 isnow pretty available, The 350's we are shipping in high volume, We willship several hundreds of thousands of them," in the near term, he said, Some observers, however, question whether all of AMD's manufacturing bugsare behind it, The 350-MHz comes to market after an eight week delay, saidAshok Kumar, an analyst with PiperJaffray, "We are still skeptical of the company's ability to supply the350-MHz in volume," he said, The company is promising to ship hundreds of thousands of the new 350-MHz version of its K6-2 processor..
Volume sales of the K6 and K6-2 are crucial to improving the company's fortunes, a goal which has not always been easy. AMD has stated that a return toprofitability hinges on boosting sales of K6 chips. Despite lingeringproduction shortfalls, the company has landed a number of design wins withmajor computer vendors this year. AMD, moreover, has vowed to stay below Intel in price. Because of changesin the processor lineups at both companies, AMD is no longer strictlypricing its chips 25 percent below an equivalent Intel chip running at hesame speed, said Dana Krelle, vice president of marketing at AMD.
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