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A table released by AMD claimed that 3DNow beats KNI (Katmai New Instructions) by supporting functions in existing operating systems, DirectX 6.0 and current titles. But those claims are disputed by Intel. A representative said: "KNI will run with Windows 98 straight out of the box." He said, however, that Windows 95 will never support the instructions. He said that Microsoft has already released a Windows NT patch to allow it to support Katmai CPUs and that DirectX 6.1, which is currently in gold code, also supports the instructions. Further, he claimed the Katmai family will have broad support. "We have shipped 500 systems to ISVs, with 350 of those being in Europe," he said. Meanwhile, further details of a K7 shrink have emerged. In the second half of next year, AMD will shrink it to a 0.18 micron process. ®

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