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AMD Ups Speed Ante...Compaq on Board

Techstination feature for Thursday, March 14, 2002

AMD says its new chip is the fastest around. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Advanced Micro Devices is out with the Athlon XP 2100 +... and according to Athlon brand manager Mark DeFrere...

"That is the fastest thing on the planet right now."

AMD has been battling Intel for the speed crown... .with the contest see-sawing back and forth over the last few years. And with the Athlon XP 2100... .AMD claims...

"We outperform even a 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor by a good margin and across a broad array of different applications. We use a benchmark suite that covers more than 35 applications that every day people use.

Compaq is among the companies introducing PCs using the new chips.. Senior marketing manager Will Townsend... says the new line features...

"A brand new industrial design for the Presario desktop line. So what you're seeing is a more angular, industrial design, look and feel as well as a new color palette, which is carbon and silver. And really this nicely ties together all of the Compaq products when you look at what we're doing with the iPaq as well as the portable products. Inherent in that design as well, we've made these products easier to access internally, because we're finding that people are now purchasing their second PC for their home, they're becoming more techno-savvy in doing things like adding peripherals like memory, hard drives, optical drives and these sort of things."

The new models include a new chipset from Nvidia that introduces better integrated graphics capabilities at a lower price. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.