AMD K6 processor families
AMD K6 family is the second generation of x86-compatible 32-bit processors designed by AMD. The K6 microprocessor is based on Enhanced RISC86 core. This core uses special decoder units to translate complex x86 instructions into short RISC-like instructions, that are executed by seven execution units: two integer units, multimedia unit, FPU, branch unit, and load and store units. This design allows the RISC86 core to execute up to 4 RISC-like instructions per cycle. Another advantage of RISC core is the ability to run at frequencies higher then processors with CISC-based cores. In addition to the new core, the AMD K6 has other performance enhancements over its predecessor, an AMD K5:
Overall the AMD K6 processor was faster than similar clocked K5 CPU in integer and floating-point calculations.
Initially, the K6 processors used Pentium II Rating (PR2) to designate their speed. The PR2 rating was dropped because the rated frequency of the processor was the same as the real frequency.
AMD produced both desktop and mobile K6 processors. Mobile K6 processors had lower core voltage and lower power requirements than desktop K6 microprocessors.
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