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August 4, 1988

ADVANCED MICRO “PLANS 16MHz LOW-POWER 80286, SEES TAGS DOWN TO $25 BY END-1989”

By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Micro Devices Inc, which has been tweaking Intel Corp’s tail unmercifully since the two fell out over AMD’s second source agreement on the iAPX-86 family, is continuing its campaign to frustrate Intel’s desire to see a quick end to the 80286. Intel does not want 80286s out there clocked at faster than 12MHz, but AMD has been going gangbusters with its 16MHz version, and Harris Corp has further muddied the water with a CMOS version running at 20MHz. Now, reports Newsbytes, AMD will be lining up with Harris by offering its own low-power version – particularly suitable for battery lap-tops – which will take a 20MHz or 16MHz clock, and will be priced particularly keenly. The part, the 80L286-16, is expected out before the end of the year, with a version in a PLCC – Plastic Low Cost Carrier – pack age, which is expected to bring its price down to as little as $25 by the end of 1989 against $120 or so today, thus making the 80286 the processor of choice for bottom end MS-DOS machines. AMD has now ship ped 5m 80286s, making it the bigg est supplier of the microprocessor.

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