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Date: Thursday February 10, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS

- AMD Athlon™ Processor Built on Advanced Copper Technology Shatters GigaHertz (1000MHz) Barrier-

SUNNYVALE, CA--February 7, 2000--AMD today demonstrated a 1.1 GHz(1100 MHz) version of the AMD Athlon™ processor manufactured in its Fab 30 facility in Dresden, Germany. The demonstration featured the newest version of the AMD Athlon processor that integrates high-performance on-die Level 2 (L2) cache. The device is manufactured utilizing AMD's leading-edge HiP6L 0.18 micron process technology featuring copper interconnects. The demonstration required no special cooling techniques and was shown in conjunction with a presentation at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC).

"The demonstration of a 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor manufactured in AMD's Dresden facility shows we are executing on our process technology and Dresden production roadmaps," said Larry Hollatz, group vice president of Computation Products at AMD. "We continue to aggressively advance the technologies that enable future AMD processors to deliver superior performance levels."

AMD continues to expect first revenues from AMD Athlon family processors produced in Fab 30 utilizing its leading edge HiP6L 0.18 copper interconnect technology at the end of the second quarter of 2000.

AMD Athlon™ Processor Awards Around the World
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
  • 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,, 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)
  • Ultimate Game Machine (co-winner): Falcon Northwest Computers, Computer Gaming World, December 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 128KB of on-chip level (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 now manufactured on AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas.

Cautionary Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States 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 risk AMD may not continue to timely execute on its process technology and Dresden production roadmap, that AMD may not successfully introduce commercially available processors running at 1 GHz or higher speed grades or based on copper interconnect technology as anticipated or at all, that AMD may not have revenues from processors produced in the Dresden fab on the anticipated schedule, and that AMD may be unable to continue advancing technologies for future processor development. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.

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