AMD K5 ousted by cheap K6

AMD K5 ousted by cheap K6
Tom Foremski Advanced Micro Devices has stopped production of the K5 microprocessor as it reduces prices for the low end of its K6 microprocessor line, effectively obsoleting the K5. AMD says that K5 production ended recently but the company still has supplies that should last till the end of this year. The end of the K5 marks the end of a string of problems AMD experienced in its bid to compete with Intel. The K5 never lived up to its promise of becoming a strong competitor to Intel Pentium microprocessors and delays in its development hurt AMD. The company was forced to abandon further K5 projects in favour of acquiring Nexgen and its Intel compatible microprocessor technology. Earlier this year Dataquest predicted that the K6 should soon start to dent Intel’s dominace of the x86 processor market.


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