The year is 1981, and Intel (see our history of Intel processors from a few months back) has just been chosen by IBM to supply the processor for the first personal computer. IBM wanted at least two CPU suppliers for its PC, and forced Intel to license its technology. And so it was that AMD became one of the first companies to sell an 8086 clone. AMD’s first processor went on sale in 1982. Because it was a licensed processor, the AMD 8086 (and 8088) was identical to Intel’s model.
|Maximum memory||1 MB|
|Clock frequency||5-10 MHz|
|FSB||same as clock frequency|
|Fabrication process||3,000 nm|
|Number of transistors||29,000|
|Die surface area||16 mm²|
Note the “© Intel” on the processor, made by AMD.
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- Am386: A 40-MHz 386
- Am486: The Last Clone
- The K5: AMD's Very Own Processor
- The K6: AMD Extends Its Range
- K7/Athlon: A Killer
- AMD Improves the Athlon: Thunderbird, XP, and more.
- Duron and Sempron: AMD's Celerons
- The K8: AMD Moves To 64 Bits
- Athlon 64 X2: AMD's Dual-Core
- The Phenom: K10 and Quad-Core
- The Future Lies With Phenom