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AMD 3DNow! technology: architecture and implementations

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3 Author(s)
Oberman, S. ; Adv. Micro Devices Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA ; Favor, G. ; Weber, F.

The AMD-K6-2 microprocessor is the first implementation of AMD 3DNow!, a technology innovation for the x86 architecture that drives today's personal computers. 3DNow! technology is a set of 21 new instructions designed to open the traditional processing bottlenecks for floating-point-intensive and multimedia applications. Using these instructions, applications can implement more powerful solutions to create a more entertaining and productive PC platform. Examples of the type of improvements that 3DNow! technology enables are faster frame rates on high-resolution scenes, better physical modeling of real-world environments, sharper and more detailed 3D imaging, smoother video playback, and near theater-quality audio. Future AMD processors such as the AMD-K7, designed to operate at frequencies greater than 500 MHz, should provide even higher performance implementations of 3DNow! technology

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Micro, IEEE  (Volume:19 ,  Issue: 2 )