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AMD Releases Athlon 850MHz
Date: Friday February 11, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS

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 at AMD.

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™ Processor-Based Systems
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, 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) -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, Texas.

Cautionary Statement
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.

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