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Monday, June 3, 2002 11:17AM IST (5:47AM GMT)
AMD Announces Broad Industry Support for Future AMD Opteron and Eighth-Generation AMD Athlon Platforms
Dozens of leading hardware infrastructure manufacturers plan to release new products, technologies to support AMD's eighth-generation processors
Taipei, Taiwan

At Computex Taipei 2002, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced more than 35 leading hardware infrastructure vendors plan to support its upcoming AMD Opteron(TM) and eighth-generation AMD Athlon(TM) processors. AMD's next-generation processors are designed to provide enterprise-class 32-bit and native 64-bit performance.

Market-leading motherboard, chipset, BIOS, memory, clock generator, socket, voltage and LPC flash manufacturers have pledged support of AMD's eighth-generation platform. AMD and our partners are committed to providing customers an enterprise-class 64-bit computing experience.

"AMD and our infrastructure partners are committed to building innovative technologies based on the next-generation AMD Athlon and AMD Opteron platform," said Rich Heye, vice president, platform engineering and infrastructure, Computation Products Group, AMD. "AMD is gaining critical mass with broad partner support of our eighth-generation platforms, and will help lead the industry toward an easy-to-adopt 64-bit computing standard."

The AMD Opteron processor is based on the industry-standard x86 instruction set, providing a compelling 64-bit migration strategy for enterprise IT customers. Enterprise IT customers can also benefit from the unified processing architecture, allowing them to use the same processor technology for front and back office environments. The AMD Opteron platform is designed to support large, intensive workloads, allowing companies to develop enterprise solutions and scale up to an 8-way multiprocessing environment.

"Ever-increasing memory capacities, even for desktop systems and entry-level servers, will drive the shift to 64-bit computing," observed Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64, a Saratoga, California-based market research and consulting organization. "This transition will play out slowly over a several-year period and as it proceeds, users will want to mix their old 32-bit packages with newer 64-bit programs. The ability of AMD's upcoming eighth-generation processors to handle both 32-bit and 64-bit applications will simplify this migration process and ease support issues throughout the industry infrastructure."

"As a leading technology solution manufacturer, ASUS offers a comprehensive motherboard lineup for the most advanced platforms. ASUS motherboards will enable users to realize the benefits of 64-bit technology, while incorporating unbeatable value-added features," says Jonathan Tsang, Vice President of ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

"ECS will support the eighth-generation AMD processors with the latest motherboard technologies providing native support of both 32-bit and 64-bit instruction sets," said Mike Chou, senior vice president of ECS marketing division. "With a unified processing architecture, users will be able to support mixed 32-bit and 64-bit applications in the same environment."

"Utilizing AMD's X86-64 architecture, FIC motherboard technology will be ideal for PCs, workstations or multiprocessor servers," said Gene Sheu, president, FIC networking and information group. "The future AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon platforms will provide performance and scalability for even the most intense computing environments."

"64-bit architecture will enable systems using GIGABYTE and AMD technologies to provide the reliability, scalability and performance for a full range of customers," said Johnson Lin, senior vice president and general manager of PCBA product business unit, GIGABYTE Technology. "Gamers through commercial users, whose profitability depends on computing performance, will be able to benefit from the powerful new platform."

"With HyperTransport(TM) technology, the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processors and MSI motherboards will provide customers with improved performance, eased integration and increased graphics and data throughput," said Larry Wu, sales VP, MSI. "HyperTransport technology will also help alleviate memory bottlenecks, improve bandwidth and diminish latency."

"We believe the performance advances of the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processors combined with Phoenix BIOS technologies will provide enterprise customers with significantly increased scalability and performance," said Alan L. McCann, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Marketing and Products Division, Phoenix Technologies. "Upcoming AMD processor-based 64-bit configurations of workstations and servers with up to eight processors will provide the power and performance required in the commercial environment."

Shipments of the AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations are planned to begin in the first half of 2003. Shipments of AMD's eighth-generation AMD Athlon processor for desktops are
planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2002.


The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD's eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry's first x86-64 technology. This technology is planned to preserve companies' investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing, as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today's most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport(TM) technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.


HyperTransport technology is a high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits, and is designed to meet the bandwidth needs of tomorrow's computing and communications
platforms. HyperTransport technology helps reduce the number of buses while providing a high-performance link for PCs, workstations, and servers, as well as numerous embedded applications and highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It is designed to allow chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with some existing bus technologies.


AMD's straightforward approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86 instruction set, one of the industry's most proven and widely supported technologies. AMD's x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address large amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as high performance servers, database management systems, and CAD tools. AMD's x86-64 technology seamlessly integrates into the current computing and support environment, and is designed to enable enterprises to deploy high performance 64-bit capable systems that build upon the billions of dollars already invested in 32-bit software.


AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).


For more information about today's announcement, please visit www.amd.com/8thgenerationnews. Additional press releases are available at www.amd.com/news/news.html.


This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Forward-looking statements in this release include the risks that AMD Opteron processors and/or 8th-generation AMD Athlon processors will not ship on schedule, will not perform pursuant to their design specifications, and will not achieve customer and/or market acceptance; and that third parties will not provide infrastructure solutions to support these processors. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. Other product names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.


Infrastructure Companies Supporting AMD's Eighth-Generation Platform


Phoenix Technologies


ALi Corporation
ATI Technologies
SiS Corp.

Clock Generator

Integrated Circuit Systems
Texas Instruments

LPC Flash





ABIT Computer Corp.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
GIGABYTE Technology
Lucky Star


Molex Incorporated

Voltage Regulators


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