Beating its deadline by a month, AMD has begun sampling its first processor with MMX instructions, codenamed the K6. The Texan firm expects to have the chip available in volume in March or April 1997, laying down a serious challenge to Intel's virtual monopoly.
The K6 will initially be offered at 166MHz, 180MHz and 200MHz frequencies and will compete with Intel's 'Klamath' Pentium Pro with MMX processors. Licensed from Intel, MMX is a set of 57 instructions that accelerate graphics, audio and video. It also uses a 64Kb cache.
The K6 slots into motherboards that have a Socket 7 to accommodate Pentium processors. It is manufactured at AMD's Austin, Texas fab on a 0.35-micron process.