Am486: The Last Clone
The 486 was the last clone of an Intel processor. AMD produced 486s in two different versions—one with microcode by Intel and another with microcode by AMD, because the company was having legal hassles with Intel by that point. In addition to processors sold under the 486 designation, AMD also marketed an AMD 5x86, which was a 486 with a 4x clock multiplier. Running at 133 MHz, this model was compatible with 486 motherboards, but had the performance of a Pentium 75. It was with the 5x86 that AMD began using the famous “Pentium Rating” (5x86 PR 75), which it would stay with up to and including the Athlon 64 X2.
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|Maximum memory||4,096 MB||4,096 MB|
|L1 cache||8 KB||16 KB|
|L2 cache||motherboard (FSB frequency)||motherboard (FSB frequency)|
|Clock frequency||16-120 MHz||133 MHz|
|FSB||16-50 MHz||33 MHz|
|Fabrication process||1,000 - 800 nm||350 nm|
|Number of transistors||1,185,000||?|
|Voltage||5 V–3.3 V||3.45 V|
|Die surface area||81 - 67 mm²||?|
|Connector||168 pins||168 pins|
Where the intel article seemed to overshadow intel's little victories, this article seems to gloss over AMD innovation (though i'll admit that i didn't recall the bit about the Intel chip, either the pentium or pentium pro, that gave incorrect values for mathmatical equations)
Both articles really need alot more detail added. As i've actually ranted about the history i'm reffering to in the comments section of the intel article as well as many other's i won't re-hash it.
This is like viasat history - only more specific and technical
AMD 486 @120 Mhz was making my friends that bought an early Pentium red with envy.
Someone gave me a AMD K5 system.
Thanks for the article.
I have quite a few chips from both makers, including the AMD 40MHz 386, and an Intel 386 & 387 33MHz cpu's, which are quite scarce...