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AMD has started shipments of 1.1GHz processors to computer manufacturers. The company says 'numerous partners' will be introducing systems featuring 1.1GHz Athlons on August 28. The manufacturers involved include Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and NEC.

And twisting the knife ever so gently, AMD boss Jerry Sanders said: "AMD's superior product architectures, outstanding execution, and ability to manufacture high volumes of high-frequency parts have resulted in tremendous changes in the marketplace.

"At any system price point, business and home users will get a more powerful PC with an AMD processor-based system," Sanders continued.

This month, for approximately $2500, users should be able to get their mitts on a 1.1GHz Athlon-based system.

As predicted here, AMD today publicly released its new pricing. The 1.1GHz, 1GHz, 950MHz, 900MHz, 850 MHz, and 800 MHz Athlon processors are priced at $853, $612, $460, $350, $282, and $215 respectively, each in 1,000-unit quantities. The 700MHz, 650MHz, and 600MHz Durons are priced at $138, $103, and $79 respectively, again in 1,000-unit quantities.

Distributors and AMD PC customers pay less for these products when buying in even larger quantities.

AMD also looks to be on track to meet its goal of doubling shipments of seventh generation PC processors to 3.6 million units in this quarter, and again doubling shipments to 7.2 million units in the fourth quarter.

AMD says its total PC processor shipments, including Athlon, Duron, and K6-2 processors, could approach 7 million units this quarter and 9 million units in the fourth quarter. ®

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