Clone chipmaker AMD has scored a minor success with a first tier PC vendor. Hewlett-Packard is to include the Intel challenger's K5 chip in its small business Vectra 500 desktops.
That will leave the way clear for it to upgrade to K6 chips in the future because both chips are Socket 7 compatible.
The machines, using the 133MHz AMD K5 processor, will break the $1,000 price barrier in the US, an important psychological price point. AMD chips cost less than their Intel Pentium equivalents.
AMD now has the support of Digital Equipment, HP and a bevy of smaller vendors for its Intel clones, plus a pan-European distributor for its products in Karma (see previous story). The big breakthrough will come if it can sign PC market leaders such as Compaq for major product ranges.
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