More Products, More Performance, More Partners: AMD Unveils New AMD Athlon
Processor; Commences Shipments of AMD Duron Processor
Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2000--
Infrastructure Partners Demonstrate Support of Socket A
Motherboards; Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, HP
and IBM Plan to Introduce Computers Based On
New AMD Athlon(TM) Processor
At Computex, AMD today introduced the new AMD Athlon(TM)
processor featuring performance-enhancing on-chip L2 cache memory, and announced
that it has begun shipping its new AMD Duron(TM) processor to computer
The AMD Athlon processor continues to power the
next-generation in computing platforms, delivering the ultimate performance for
cutting-edge applications and an unprecedented x86 computing experience. AMD is
shipping the new AMD Athlon processors with performance enhancing on-chip L2
cache memory now. Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM
and others plan to introduce systems featuring the processor. The new AMD Athlon
processor is available in six speeds (1GHz, and 950, 900, 850, 800 and 750MHz)
in both Slot A and the new Socket A packaging.
"AMD has made great strides over the past year with
the AMD Athlon processor, with both engineering and manufacturing executing
well," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group.
"The new design delivers even better performance, and these chips will be
formidable competitors in the marketplace. With the new AMD Athlon and AMD Duron
processors, AMD is well positioned in both the performance and value PC
"Backed by our infrastructure partners, AMD has
never been in a better position to deliver superior solutions to our customers.
The new AMD Athlon processor sets the stage for AMD's further growth in both the
commercial and consumer sectors," said Rob Herb, executive vice president
Many of AMD's leading infrastructure partners today
announced chipsets and motherboards optimized for AMD's Socket A infrastructure
for the new AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors, demonstrating widespread
support for Socket A.
Industry Supports New AMD Athlon Processor
"The enhanced AMD Athlon processor has proven to be
startlingly fast. Traditional processor hungry enterprise applications that
typically bog down systems are aided by the new AMD Athlon processor's
performance-enhancing L2 cache memory. The AMD Athlon processor's support for
PC133 memory, its 200MHz system bus and solid architecture enables incredibly
stable and very powerful computing platforms," said John Alley, Program
Manager, Microsoft Enterprise Computing Labs.
"The AMD Athlon processor has been an ideal
platform for consumers. The architectural enhancements to the new AMD Athlon
processor will strengthen the overall performance of Compaq's line of Presario
computers and enhance our ability to offer PCs to power-oriented users with an
insatiable appetite for speed," said Mark Vena, director, CTO Product
Marketing at Compaq.
"The AMD Athlon processor has been an important
component for our build-to-order kiosk program. Our HP Pavilion PC
build-to-order systems will feature the `new and improved' AMD Athlon processor,
which will provide users with top-flight performance no matter what application
they put to the test," said Larry Wuerz, manufacturing manager for HP's
Home Products Division.
"IBM is committed to providing high-performance
computing solutions for consumers", said Tom Tobul, worldwide manager IBM
desktop product marketing. "With the new AMD Athlon processor, IBM
continues to build on the success we have had with past AMD processors. The new
AMD Athlon processor provides superior 3D graphics for web based applications
and offers customers greater home office productivity and investment
AMD Athlon Awards
The AMD Athlon processor, and systems based on it, have
won close to 60 awards worldwide. For a listing of awards, please visit http://www.amd.com/products/cpg/athlon/awards/athlon.html.
AMD Duron Processor Now Shipping
The new AMD Duron processor is specifically designed to
provide an optimized solution for value conscious business and home users. The
AMD Duron processor is available at speeds of 700, 650 and 600MHz. AMD is
shipping the AMD Duron processor to key computer manufacturers worldwide. The
formal launch is planned for later in June 2000.
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 architecture, now featuring 256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128KB of
on-chip level (L1) cache; enhanced 3DNow!(TM) technology with 24 additional
instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for
Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and a 200MHz system interface based
on the Alpha(TM) EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. AMD
Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process
technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron copper technology in
Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.
About the AMD Duron Processor
The AMD Duron processor is derived from the AMD
Athlon(TM)processor core and features full-speed, on-chip L2 cache memory, a
200MHz front side system bus, and enhanced 3DNow! technology.
The 1GHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $990; the
950MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $759; the 900MHz AMD Athlon processor
is priced at $589; the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $507; the 800MHz
AMD Athlon processor is priced at $359; and the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is
priced at $319, each in 1,000-unit quantities.
The 700MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $192; the
650MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $154; and the 600MHz AMD Duron processor
is priced at $112, each in 1,000-unit quantities.
Visit AMD on the Web
For more information about the new AMD processors,
please visit our virtual pressroom at http://www.amd.com/news/virtualpress/index.html.
Additional press releases and information about AMD and its products are
available at: http://www.amd.com/news/news.html.
Note to Editor: Additional information will be available
on Monday morning. David Somo, vice president of marketing, Computation Products
Group at AMD, will lead a teleconference. Opening remarks will be followed by a
moderated question-and-answer period.
8 a.m. US PDT Domestic 1-888/209-3753
Audio replay information:
A replay will be available beginning at 11 a.m. US PDT, June 5.
Domestic -- 1-800/633-8284
International -- 1-858/812-6440
Reservation No. 15443297
B-roll footage of interviews with AMD executives, the new product,
and the new production facility will also be available via satellite
on Monday morning on the following coordinates:
0700-0730 EST Telstar 6, Transponder 9, Audio 6.2/6.8
1100-1130 EST Telstar 6, Transponder 9, Audio 6.2/6.8
All inquiries can be directed to Rana Dasgupta at
212/899-5477 or 917/513-2396.
This release contains forward-looking statements, which
are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. 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 AMD will not be
able to produce the new AMD Athlon processor and/or the AMD Duron processor in
the volumes and speed grades required by customers on a timely bases, that the
AMD Duron processor will not achieve customer and market acceptance, that third
parties may not provide timely chipset and motherboard support for the AMD
Athlon and AMD Duron processors and that OEM partner systems incorporating the
AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors may not be released on schedule or at all.
We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the
Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.
AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon, AMD Duron, 3DNow! and
combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the U.S.
and other jurisdictions. Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corp. Other
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