Newest Athlon Hits 1.73 GHz

AMD introduces three CPUs already powering systems from Compaq, Fujitsu, and NEC.

Advanced Micro Devices is announcing Wednesday three new microprocessors designed to boost performance in mobile, desktop, workstation, and server systems.

The new chips include AMD's Athlon XP 2100+ for desktop PCs, Mobile Athlon 4 1600+ for notebooks, and Athlon MP 2000+ for servers and workstations.

The desktop XP 2100+ reaches speeds of 1.73 GHz and costs $420 per chip, according to AMD officials. The Mobile Athlon 4 1600+, priced at $380, hits 1.4-GHz speeds, and the MP 2000+, which can power systems alone or in pairs, climbs to 1.67 GHz and costs $415. All prices are based on purchases of 1000 units, typical of PC vendors.

Hardware manufacturers are keeping pace with AMD by releasing systems based on these new chips almost simultaneously. New desktop PCs powered by the XP 2100+ chip are available now from Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens, and NEC. Racksaver and Boxx Technologies are currently delivering systems with the Athlon MP 2000+, and Compaq is taking orders for notebooks with the Athlon 4 1600+. The new Compaq notebooks will be available in retail outlets shortly, according to officials.

The chips and new systems are making their debut at the CeBIT trade show occurring this week in Hanover, Germany.

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