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AMD Dissolves Alchemy Product Line

Advanced Micro Devices unloaded its Alchemy line of microprocessors on Tuesday, selling the product to Raza Microelectronics.

Rumors about the impending move were in circulation a few weeks ago, prior to AMD's analyst meeting. The Alchemy processors are designed for low-power devices such as handhelds or portable media players. The products never made a huge splash and complicated the company's product lineup with their use of the MIPS instruction set.

Software written for x86 can't run on chips that use the MIPS instruction set, and vice versa. AMD CEO Hector Ruiz has spoken many times of the company's need for an "x86-everywhere" strategy, referring to the instruction set that provides the marching orders for its chips, as well as Intel's.

The companies also announced plans to work together on projects such as AMD's Torrenza initiative announced two weeks ago at its analyst meeting. Torrenza is a bid to open up AMD's Opteron processors to accommodate third-party coprocessors for specialized workloads.

Source: CNET News

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