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AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Newcastle Socket 754)

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Intel Core 2 Duo E8800 (ES)
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Intel Core 2 Duo E7800
Intel Pentium II 266 (0,35µ)

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Intel Core i7-3770
Intel Core i7-6700
Intel Core i5-3470
Intel Core i7-2600
Intel Core i7-4770

Most powerful CPUs
Desktop PCs
AMD : Ryzen Threadripper 3990X
Intel : Core i9-10980XE
Laptop PCs
AMD : Ryzen 9 4900H
Intel : Core i9-10980HK
Servers
AMD : EPYC 7H12
Intel : Xeon Platinium 9282

IDT

IDT, for Integrated Device Technology, is an american company created in 1980 and based in San José, California. Its main activities are conception and manufacturing of electronic components. IDT has now more than 2400 employees worldwide.

At the beginning, IDT started to make MIPS cpus, and then began to design x86 cpus, with the help of its Centaur technology division.
In 1997, IDT released their first cpus based on Centaur's designs, the Winchip C6. These cpus arrived too late on an already mature market dominated by Intel, Cyrix and AMD, and despite their good quality, they didn't get the expected success.
Then followed the Winchip 2, in 1998, which didn't get much success either at this time, clearly dominated by Intel's Pentium II and AMD's K6-2.
In September 1999, while Centaur was fnishin to desgin the Winchip 3, IDT sold his x86 cpu division to VIA for 51 million $. This latter having also bought in the same time Cyrix, the Winchip 3 has been released with the marketing name of VIA Cyrix III, because Cyrix was far more popular than Winchips...
The Centaur team then kept going on designing all VIA's x86 cpus, until latest Nano.

And nowadays, IDT is a Fabless company, mainly focused on communication components and SRAMs.

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- 1997 : Winchip





Last update : 17/04/2020