AMD is to launch the 400MHz version of its K6-2 processor on 10 November, with the backing of a "top tier" vendor, according to sources close to the company.
It is not yet entirely clear who the vendor is, but Compaq, IBM and Hewlett-Packard are all candidates.
All three companies have been successful in selling AMD K6 machines in the retail market over the past few months. AMD also announced record sales two days ago and said it was now poised to challenge Intel in the sub-$1,500 PC arena.
But to do this AMD needs the support of a tier one PC company with enough credibility to sell AMD-based machines into the corporate market. It also needs a fast enough part, which is where the 400MHz K6-2 comes in.
Prior to the 400MHz announcement, AMD intends to roll out a 366MHz implementation next week on the strength of a deal with Acer. Also next week, the company will outline its plans for the next generation K7 at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose.
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