AMD will launch its 750MHz Athlon processor on Monday, upping the speed stakes in its battle against chip giant Intel.
Since the company unveiled its eighth generation processor Athlon at the Microprocessor Forum in California in October, industry analysts have said the chip is the first product that could really pose a threat to arch rival Intel.
Dataquest analyst Charles Smulders, commented: "Speed leadership has been an Intel stronghold, but with the Athlon, AMD is matching Intel step for step, at least for the immediate future. With the Athlon, AMD finally has a part that it can position against the Pentium III, if not the Xeon," he said.
However he added: "AMD will have to make another big step after a successful ramp of the Athlon before it is really a threat to Intel. AMD's 4.5 million unit shipments are a far cry from the 27 million or so Intel shipped in the third quarter."
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