Advanced Micro Devices Corp has not done to well in its efforts to gain design wins for its Am29000 RISC for use as a CPU, but is trying again with three additions to the series – at the same time as beginning a determined effort to rescue its chip technology from the doldrums with the European launch of Fusion29K – a group of Am29000 supporters committed to developing embedded systems applications for the thing. Sampling now, and soon to be released, is a 30MHz, 21 MIPS version of the chip in 1.2 micron CMOS technology, to be followed by an 0.8 micron CMOS, 55MHz edition, which the Sunnyvale, California-based company rates at 40 MIPS. The addition of cache memory and floating point features to the Am29000 is already under way in a third chip for 1990 that is rated at 48 MIPS.
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