SUNNYVALE, CA -- February 11, 2000 --AMD today
sent out an early Valentine's Day greeting to computer lovers everywhere,
unveiling an 850MHz version of its award-winning AMD Athlon processor.
Many computer manufacturers plan to offer systems featuring
the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor, including Compaq, IBM, Gateway, Pionex
and CyberMax. Those systems will provide users exceptional performance
for commercial and consumer applications, such as 3D modeling, image
compression, CAD/CAM, and voice recognition, as well as near theatre
quality visual images, rich audio and an enhanced Internet experience.
"With the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor, AMD continues
to demonstrate the capabilities of the processor's architecture, delivering
supreme performance for computer users who demand the best," said Larry
Hollatz, group vice president of Computation Products at AMD.
"As the AMD Athlon processor maintains its speed leadership,
AMD's penetration of the commercial arena should accelerate. The 850MHz
AMD Athlon processor provides another superb tool for business users
seeking outstanding performance in their high-end desktops, workstations
and servers. On the consumer forefront, the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor
is designed to deliver compelling power for high-performance PC users,"
said Dana Krelle, vice president of Marketing of Computation Products
What the Analysts Say
"With its lightning fast 850MHz AMD Athlon processor, AMD continues
to intensify the competition at the high-end of the desktop market,"
said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64.
"The microprocessor industry is engaged in a heated
battle right now, and computer users will continue to witness breakneck
clock speeds as a result. It is exciting to see," said Mike Feibus,
principal analyst at Mercury Research.
Multiple Manufacturers To Offer 850MHz AMD Athlon
The AMD Athlon processor's popularity rises with the industry's foremost
computer manufacturers. Compaq, IBM, Gateway, Pionex and CyberMax all
plan on offering systems featuring the 850MHz AMD Athon processor.
"Compaq continues to see tremendous enthusiasm and excitement
among consumers for the AMD Athlon processor," said Mark Vena, Director,
CTO Product Marketing, Compaq Computer Corporation. "With this next
leap forward in processor performance, the Compaq Presario desktop family
continues to deliver the ultimate Internet and gaming experience for
consumers who require nothing less than the highest power and speed
in their desktop systems."
"We have seen a strong demand for the current Aptiva
systems, specifically the Aptiva S Series 880 with the 800 MHz AMD Athlon
microprocessor. AMD continues to be a reliable partner to IBM in delivering
microprocessing technology that enhances productivity by maximizing
speed and performance," according to Brian Dalgetty, Director, IBM Desktop
Product Marketing. "Coupled with AMD's new 850MHz Athlon processor,
we will be able to offer individuals the solutions to satisfy their
every computing need at an affordable price."
"It is critical for Pionex's commercial customers to
have the best performance in their desktops and workstations in order
to keep up with today's demanding applications," said John Amico, vice
president of sales at Pionex. "Pionex Elite systems, featuring 850MHz
AMD Athlon processors, not only scream with speed, they also provide
business users with a value-laden performance platform."
The 850MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $849 in 1,000 unit quantities.
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 system 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,
- All-Star Award, Cadalyst, December 1999
- Wired for 3D Editors' Choice, 3D Magazine, January
- Attaboy Award -- Product of the Year, Houston Chronicle,
- Technical Excellence -- Best Component (Hardware
Category), PC Magazine en Espanol, December 1999
- Best Overall Product of the Year, PC Magazine (UK),
- Best System Design -- Processor, PC Magazine (UK),
- Product of the Year, PC Expert (France), January
- 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
- Editors' Choice, Generation PC (France), January
- Product of the Year, PC Compatibles (France), December
- Product of the Year -- Processor, PC Direct (France),
- Product of the Year 2000, PC Achat (France), January
- Product of the Year, PC World (Denmark), December
- Product of the Year, PC World (Norway), December
- Best CPU for Desktops, PC World Komputer (Poland),
- Technology Product of the Year, PC Kurier (Poland),
- 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, CNET.com,
- 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) -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. AMD Athlon processors are now manufactured
using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin,
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of the 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 that computer manufacturers, including
Compaq, IBM, Gateway, Pionex and CyberMax may not release systems incorporating
the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor on schedule or at all, that demand for
the AMD Athlon processor will not be strong or remain at current levels,
and that AMD will not be able to produce the processor in the volume
and speed grades required by customers using the 0.18 micron process
technology on a timely basis. We urge investors to review in detail
the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United
States Securities Exchange Commission.