View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
September 22, 1998

AMD ANSWERS INTEL WITH 300-MHZ NOTEBOOK CHIP

By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Micro Devices Inc has shipped its highest-powered processor to date for the notebook market, the AMD-K6/300, a 300- MHz version of the Pentium II clone. The chip will go for about $230, less than half what Intel Corp charges for the recently- introduced 300-MHz Pentium II. The fact that AMD is now essentially matching Intel speed-for-speed is seen by many as a factor that should lead the way toward a wave of low-priced notebooks. Unlike the desktop market, where sub-$1,000 PCs are exploding, notebooks have been largely stuck at the $1,500 level on the low-end. Chips from the likes of AMD and more recently- arrived Intel clone maker Rise Technology Inc – which plans to target the mobile computing market aggressively – should push bottom rung prices well below $1,500 in the near future, however. Compaq Computer Corp was the first to announce a notebook built with the new AMD chip, the Presario 1250, which is priced at $2,400. For now, AMD predicts that the K6/300 will end up in machines priced between $2,000 and $2,500, but the trickle-down effect of slower processors is inevitable. The company says that the higher-performance K62 – which performs better on graphics applications – will find it way into the mobile market next year. Beyond that, it’s too early to tell when the next generation chip, code-named Sharptooth and referred to by many as the K63, will find its way into notebooks. A spokesperson for the company says it will continue executing in the mobile area and figures the sub-$1,000 notebook will be a reality as soon as display costs can be brought in line.

Websites in our network
NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
I consent to New Statesman Media Group collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED
THANK YOU