AMD denies K6-3D snag

AMD denies K6-3D snag
Tom Foremski Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has denied reports that its forthcoming K6-3D microprocessor has trouble running on a 100MHz system bus. Analyst Ashok Kumar at Piper Jaffray, reported last week that Acer Labs is having problems running the chip on a 100MHz bus. “Kumar is just reporting on rumours and we have no problems with the K6-3D,” said an AMD spokesman. “He has reported wrong information in the past, such as earlier this year when he stated that IBM will take a 20 per cent stake in AMD.” Last week AMD announced that it has reached an agreement with National Semiconductor and IDT on a single extended MMX instruction set. An additional 21 instructions will speed up floating point and 3D graphics processing. They will be marketed by all three companies under the brand 3DNow! The MMX extensions are different from Intel’s forthcoming MMX extended instructions and are designed to make AMD chips better at running PC games, a key market for the company and its low end competitors. In separate news, AMD competitor Intel could soon face an anti-trust lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Sources close to the FTC report that the suit will focus on Intel’s practice of cutting certain customers off from vital information they need on future Intel microprocessors.


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