Chipmaker AMD launched four new processors on Tuesday under the Athlon XP brand name. XP stands for eXtra Performance, the company said.
The new chips' speeds will range from 1.33Ghz to 1.53Ghz and will be marketed on performance rather than clock speeds. The move is understandable as the new chips fall well short of rival Intel's Pentium 4 processor which has clock speeds up to 2Ghz.
The 1.5Ghz Athlon XP will be sold as the Athlon 1800+, while the 1.33Ghz chip will be known as the Athlon 1500+. Prices will range from $130 for the 1500+ to $252 for the 1800+, when purchased in batches of 1000.
The new processors will incorporate a number of architectural enhancements and use about 20 per cent less power, according to the chipmaker.
AMD maintains that its Athlon XPs have outperformed Intel's chips in tests running commonly used programs, rather than by frequency measurements, and the company is expected to release details on Tuesday of its plans to introduce a performance measurement system that it expects to implement next year.
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