AMD Continues Shift Away From Megahertz Race

The chipmaker says it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its processors, resulting in names that have higher numbers than the clock rating expressed in megahertz.

In the latest step away from the megahertz race, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. personal connectivity solutions group said it will use a "performance-power rating" to name its embedded processors. The result: Processor names which have higher numbers than the clock rating expressed in megahertz.

The chipmaker said Monday that it has it contracted with an Austin, Texas, benchmarking services company to deliver a broader range of performance metrics than pure megahertz. The benchmarks were developed by Synchromesh Computing Inc. to measure the arithmetic, floating point, and graphics processors, as well performance contributions from instructions dedicated to media processing, cache size, the internal bus, and other elements that affect overall performance.

News source: InformationWeek

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