Athlon 2000+ Debuts

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AMD's Athlon XP processor 2000++is now available in systems from Compaq. The processor aims to provide video-editing products and other software packages with excellent performance, real-time capabilities and smooth playback power. Other top-tier manufacturers, including Hewlett-Packard and MicronPC, also plan to offer systems with the processor.

AMD's processors will provide home and business consumers with improved software performance, says Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. The AMD Athlon XP processor is optimized for use with Windows XP and is priced at $339 in 1,000-unit quantities.