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MPR Names Athlon Best PC Processor
Date: Tuesday January 18, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS
The AMD AthlonT processor began the Year 2000 winning a prestigious award from one of the microprocessor industry's leading technical publications.
 

SUNNYVALE, CA--January 17, 2000--The AMD Athlon™ processor began the Year 2000 winning a prestigious award from one of the microprocessor industry's leading technical publications. MicroDesign Resources, publisher of the Microprocessor Report, announced today that the AMD Athlon processor beat out the Intel Pentium III® Coppermine and the Motorola PowerPC G4 to win the publication's first ever Analyst's Choice Award for Best PC Processor.

With 35 awards in hand since the product was launched in August 1999, the AMD Athlon processor is also the first AMD microprocessor to win multiple awards as a top-performing workstation processor.

"The AMD Athlon processor continues to gain acceptance from computer manufacturers, businesses and end-users, as well as the trade press and analysts who cover the industry," said Larry Hollatz, group vice president of the Computation Products Group at AMD. "We are grateful to MicroDesign Resources for recognizing the AMD Athlon processors superior engineering design and performance. These awards come from a variety of publications around the globe, testifying to the AMD Athlon processor's worldwide appeal."

The Analyst's Choice Awards recognize excellence in microprocessor technology innovation, design and implementation, and are chosen by Microprocessor Report's team of respected, independent analysts. The Microprocessor Report is published by MicroDesign Resources, based in Sunnyvale, California.

In addition to the MicroDesign Resources award, the AMD Athlon processor also received a PC Magazine 1999 Technical Excellence Award in November at Comdex for Best Component in the hardware category, as well as nearly 35 other awards.

Equipped with a superscalar floating point engine and high-bandwidth, 200MHz system bus, the AMD Athlon processor's seventh-generation microarchitecture enables it to achieve superior performance levels and make it particularly appealing for workstations. Several workstation publications that tested the AMD Athlon processor gave it - or systems based on the processor - awards, including: Best Product of 1999, Windows NT Systems (January 2000); All-Star Award, Cadalyst (December 1999); Wired for 3D Editors' Choice, 3D Magazine (January 2000); and Cadalyst Labs 5-Star (out of a possible 5 stars) Highly Recommended Workstation: Polywell 800K7-6501 (with an AMD Athlon 650 MHz processor), Sys Performance 600A (AMD Athlon 600 MHz processor), and XI Computer 650K MTower SP (AMD Athlon 650 MHz processor).

Overall, the AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based systems have received 35 awards from eight different countries spanning four continents. The following is a listing of the AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based awards.

AMD Athlon Processor Awards
Analyst's Choice Award - Best PC Processor, Microprocessor Report, January 2000; Technical Excellence - Best Component (Hardware Category), PC Magazine, November 1999; CPU of the Year, Maximum PC, December 1999; Best Product of 1999 (Hardware), Windows NT Systems, January 2000; All-Star Award, Cadalyst, December 1999; Wired for 3D Editors' Choice, 3D Magazine, January 2000; Attaboy Award - Product of the Year, Houston Chronicle, December 1999; Technical Excellence - Best Component (Hardware Category), PC Magazine en Espanol, December 1999; Best Overall Product of the Year, PC Magazine (UK), December 1999; Best System Design - Processor, PC Magazine (UK), December 1999; Product of the Year, PC Expert (France), January 2000; Technical Excellence - Hardware and Component Category, PC Expert (France), January 2000; Year 2000 Star Product (New Technology Category), Info PC (France), January 2000; Overall Product of the Year, Info PC (France), January 2000; Editors' Choice, Generation PC (France), January 2000; Product of the Year, PC Compatibles (France), December 1999; Product of the Year - Processor, PC Direct (France), January 2000; Product of the Year 2000, PC Achat (France), January 2000; Product of the Year, PC World (Denmark), December 1999; Product of the Year, PC World (Norway), December 1999; Best CPU for Desktops, PC World Komputer (Poland), December 1999; Technology Product of the Year, PC Kurier (Poland), January 2000; Millennium Award, Personal Computer Magazine (The Netherlands), January 2000; Best of Comdex (Israel), December 1999; and Best of World PC Expo 99 (Japan), Nikkei BYTE/Nikkei WinPC Magazine, September 1999.

AMD Athlon Processor-based Awards
State-of-the-Art Desktop PC: Compaq Presario 5861, PC Computing, November 1999; Editors' Choice Award (Desktop PCs): TCE K7-600, Computer Reseller News, September 1999; #1 Midrange PC: Micro Express's MicroFlex-550B, PC World, January 2000; Best Hardware of 1999: Polywell Poly 800K7-700, CNET.com, December 1999; System of the Year: Cybermax Enthusiast AP6 650 MHz Athlon, Maximum PC, December 1999; Attaboy Award - Best Consumer PC: Compaq Presario 5900Z, Houston Chronicle, December 1999; Cadalyst Labs 5-Star (out of a possible 5 stars) Highly Recommended Workstation: Polywell 800K7-6501 (with an AMD Athlon 650 MHz processor), Sys Performance 600A (AMD Athlon 600 MHz processor), and XI Computer 650K MTower SP (AMD Athlon 650 MHz processor); and Ultimate Game Machine (co-winner): Falcon Northwest Computers, Computer Gaming World, December 1999.

In addition to the numerous AMD Athlon processor awards, the AMD-K6-III® has received the following awards: Editors' Choice, PC Expert (France), September 1999; Best Product of the Year for Mobiles, PC World Komputer (Poland), December 1999; and Best Product of the Year - Microprocessor, Info Exame (Brazil), December 1999. The AMD Reseller Program also received a Computer Reseller News' XChange Xcellence Award for having the Most Comprehensive White Box Program in September 1999.

About the AMD Athlon™ Processor
The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache technology, including 128 KB of on-chip level-one(L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3DNow!™ technology with 24 additional instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and the AMD Athlon system bus -- a 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha™ EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. All new AMD Athlon processors are manufactured on AMD's 0.18-micron process technology in FAB 25 in Austin, Texas.

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