Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled what it claims is its fastest desktop processor to date.
The Athlon XP 3200+ chip is AMD's first with a 400MHz front-side bus and is based on AMD's Barton core, which features a total of 640Kbytes of on-die cache.
Its operating frequency is 2.2GHz, and AMD priced the chip at $464 in quantities of 1,000 units. The chip will be available immediately available in systems from companies in North America and Europe, although AMD declined to specify which ones.
AMD hoped the Athlon XP 3200+ would keep its high-end chips competitive with Intel until the release of the Athlon64 processor in September.
Intel is scheduled to release its first chip built on a 90-nanometer process around that time, which will boost competition between the two companies once again.