Compaq and Gateway are planning to launch PCs based on AMD's 1Ghz chip in Europe, but analysts expect customer demand to be low.
AMD may have stolen a march on arch rival Intel in the race to ship the first 1Ghz processors, but the launch has been described as nothing more than a marketing exercise.
Gateway said its 1Ghz machines are available now with prices starting at £1,899. Compaq plans to launch its 1Ghz PCs in Germany in the next four weeks, with European rollout expected shortly afterwards.
Dataquest analyst Thomas Reuner, said: "It's the typical race between Intel and AMD. It's mainly a marketing message."
He added: "In the professional space, no one would buy 1Ghz machines at the moment - 650Mhz is more than enough. Bandwidth is more important in a corporate environment."
He said it is the same story in the consumer market: "Only a handful will buy machines at that speed."
Willamette, Intel's 1Ghz processor, is expected to ship in volume in the second half of this year.
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