Advanced Micro Devices is starting to phase out the K6-2 chip, among others, from its line of embedded processors in favor of its Duron chip, company officials have said. Embedded processors are similar to the chips used inside PCs but instead are placed in wireless base stations, routers and other types of industrial equipment. Typically, chips sold to the embedded market are older and slower than those sold for PCs.
Customers will be able to order 486, K6-2 and K6-III embedded chips until June 30 next year and will be able to buy the chips until the end of 2003. In the meantime, AMD will encourage these customers to incorporate Duron into new products.