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March 17, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:33pm

AMD CHIPSET ALLOWS K6 TO SUPPORT PENTIUM COMPONENTS

By CBR Staff Writer

Advanced Micro Devices Inc has licensed chip controller technologies from VIA technologies Inc, Fremont, California, and used them to build a chip-set for use in Pentium’s Socket 7 mounting technology that will allow its K6 MMX clone of Intel Corp’s next-generation Pentium II to processor to utilize components designed for Pentium-based systems. K6 will be announced at the beginning of next month. Pentium II – the Pentium Pro with MMX multimedia extensions formerly known as Klamath, is due next quarter. The AMD-640 chipset include system and peripheral controllers and is optimized for the K6, incorporating support for SDRAM for high main memory transfer rates, the company says. AMD says it has a bunch of folk supporting the chipset through its FusionPC program, including commitments to augment Socket 7 chipsets with support for an Accelerated Graphics Port. The AMD-640 is now sampling and will cost $33 for 1,000-up.

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