Preparatory Materials on Microprocessor:


  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is the biggest competitor to Intel in the processor space. AMD processors include the K5, which was positioned against Intel's Pentium I; K6 which competed against Pentium II and Pentium MMX; Athlon or K7; Duron (originally code-named Athlon Select, then Spitfire), which is the low end of AMD's Athlon line, ClawHammer and Opteron.
  • Crusoe: This low-power microprocessor ideal for mobile computing was released by Transmeta Corporation transmeta.com on January 19th, 2000. Links: Geek.com article on Crusoe.
  • The name Pentium was selected during a contest among Intel employees in 1993. The first Pentium came out in 1994.
  • Itanium is the first 64-bit microprocessor from Intel. McKinley is the successor version of Itanium. Other Intel chips include x86, Pentium, Celeron, Xeon, Atom.


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