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AMD to launch cheap mobile part, K7 and Alpha platforms to interchange

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AMD will tomorrow release a 300MHz mobile K6 part aimed at the notebook market. At the same time, sources said that the K7, which was taped out four weeks ago, as reported here, will be interchangeable with Alpha devices. The company refused to give pricing details of its low power part for the notebook market but said it already had scored several OEM wins. Last week, Intel said that it would revert to a socket technique for Celeron parts aimed at notebooks, and the source said he understood that was a response to AMD's push. The interchangeability of the K6 and the Digital-Compaq Alpha part, however, is of more interest to the market, especially following earlier statements, reported here. Compaq has decided to use the Alpha extensively in its server range and earlier this year AMD told The Register that it would use the K7 in servers. Both Compaq and AMD have a history that goes right back to the time of the ACE consortium. Even when current Compaq CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer deposed Rod Canion from his post, that Risc tradition continued. Pfeiffer has never forgotten the grief he received at the hands of Intel at an Etre conference some years ago, exclusively revealed here. At that time, Pfeiffer was looking at different types of Risc chips in the future, including Alpha, Mips, SunSPARC and even Intel. ®

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