RELEASES MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® 2000 AND LINUX DRIVERS FOR PCnet
SUNNYVALE, CA--MARCH 27, 2000--AMD
today released an upgraded version of its PCnet software suite,
featuring two new device drivers supporting Microsoft® Windows®
2000 and Linux operating systems. The PCnet software is the latest
enhancement to AMD's Managed Performance Portfolio, a comprehensive suite
of networking software developed for AMD's line of 10/100 Fast Ethernet
--Key new operating system software support added to AMD's Managed
The drivers enhance network availability, improve network
manageability and administration, and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership
(TCO) for the networked world. These drivers are offered free of charge
with AMD's PCnet Ethernet controllers and target PC networking applications
such as network interface cards (NICs) and LAN-on-the-motherboard designs.
"AMD expects Microsoft Windows 2000 and Linux to receive
tremendous response in the market," said Dr. Laila Razouk, vice president,
Network Products Division at AMD. "AMD's new PCnet drivers, optimized
for these new operating systems, will enable companies to deploy AMD's
Managed Performance Portfolio capabilities in their networks should
they move to Windows 2000 or Linux."
Microsoft Windows Support
AMD works with Microsoft to ensure all AMD networking products
are compatible with all of the Microsoft operating systems. In addition
to Windows 2000, AMD's PCnet software supports Microsoft Windows 98,
Windows 95, Windows NT®, Windows NT Embedded and Windows CE operating
systems. Microsoft certifies AMD's PCnet software drivers, and AMD regularly
updates the drivers to meet Microsoft's latest operating system specifications,
assuring AMD customers that their software supports applications incorporating
a Microsoft operating system. The drivers are bundled with all of the
Windows operating systems.
Third-party Linux software developers have supported AMD's PCnet
Ethernet controllers for years, and the Linux open-source kernel includes
a PCnet software driver. AMD has enhanced its basic PCnet Linux driver
to support new features such as command-line network configuration.
Red Hat and Caldera, two leading Linux operating system vendors, have
certified the PCnet Ethernet drivers and are now shipping them with
their Linux operating systems. AMD plans to continue enhancing the PCnet
driver and working with third-party Linux vendors to ensure the driver
will support forthcoming Linux operating system releases.
The new PCnet software drivers are available free of charge
and are included with all Microsoft Windows 2000, and Red Hat and Caldera
Linux operating systems being shipped today. The drivers are also available
at no charge for download on the AMD Web site, http://www.amd.com/networking.
AMD plans to offer the complete PCnet software suite, including
AlertIT software, on CD-ROM in the second quarter.
About AMD Networking
AMD's Network Products Division is one of the world's foremost
suppliers of end-to-end networking IC devices including adapters, controllers,
switches, hubs, and PHYs for the Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
and Home Networking markets. A leading networking component supplier
since 1984, AMD's Network Products Division has shipped more than 250
million network ports in the past five years.
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 the PCnet software
suite will not achieve significant customer and market acceptance. We
urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the
Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.