AMD will release its K6-2 Intel clone processor tomorrow, claiming it will outdo Intel on graphics performance, critical for the emerging sub-$1,000 consumer PC sector.
The first iteration of the processor will run at 333MHz and will be priced at $369 for 1,000. Although the company will not comment on the details until the launch tomorrow, sources say the existing, slower versions will see price cuts - the 300MHz part will cost $281/1,000 and the 266MHz chip $185/1,000.
Rana Mainee, analyst at AMD UK, said he was unable to confirm details of the processor specification and prices.
He said: "Any launch pricing is preliminary pricing and we've talked about that with our partners under non-disclosure agreements. Intel is changing prices on the fly and we have to be able to respond to that."
He claimed that, while AMD had vowed to keep its prices 25 per cent below Intel's, that only applied to equivalent parts. The K6-2, he suggested, was a microprocessor that exceeded any functionality Intel was offering.
US reports suggested that the 333MHz K6-2 will drop in price in June, with a corresponding effect on other members of the K6-2 family.
The K6-2 uses fast graphics technology, which is not likely to be matched by Intel until it releases its Katmai MMX processors in the first half of next year, AMD has claimed. That will give the clonemaker a small window that it hopes to exploit by aiming the microprocessors at the potentially lucrative games and entry level PC market.
Towards the end of this year, AMD's ability to produce enough parts to satisfy demand will be boosted when IBM Microelectronics starts fabricating chips for it.
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