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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has denied that the story which appeared in yesterday's issue of The Register is true. We reported yesterday that there were additional cautionary statements in a press release about its K6-2 350MHx part which went beyond the usual sort of statements in such a release. Frenzied phone calls from AMD today tried to kill our story. But the chip company, so far, has failed to provide evidence that it can produce enough chips for the market. A marketing representative from AMD called us today and said that it was "unfair" to write such a story. He said that his company would supply The Register with facts and figures showing that the K6-2 350MHz was ramping up. He promised he would provide us with the number of wafer starts AMD was engaged in. He said: "Practically the only thing AMD is producing is the K6-2." We asked if that meant AMD had abandoned its telecommunication products and Flash products but the representative declined to answer. Over the course of a five hour period, staff here did not receive such figures. He said our story was substantially untrue and it was unfair to use cautionary figures in that way. But he declined to say how many of the new parts, substantially hyped in the US press, were shipping on announcement day. We offered to retract the story if AMD could supply us with figures and tell us where the parts were being made. So far, we have not heard from AMD. ®

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