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AMD Announces Duron Processor
Date: Monday June 19, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS
AMD has formerly announced their Duron value processor.

--Systems featuring the AMD Duron processor planned to be available worldwide from Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM, NEC, Systemax and others--

SUNNYVALE, CA--JUNE 19, 2000 -- AMD today introduced the new AMD DuronT processor, delivering industry-leading performance for businesses and consumers in the value PC space, characterized by systems that typically sell for less than $1,000. The AMD Duron processor is available today at speed grades of 700MHz, 650MHz, and 600MHz.

The AMD Duron processor provides up to 25 percent more performance on many industry leading benchmarks than an Intel Celeron processor at the same clock speed. Leading computer manufacturers worldwide have announced plans to offer AMD Duron processor-based systems, including Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, NEC, Systemax and others.

AMD Duron processor-based systems are ideal for applications commonly used by value-conscious users, including word processing, sending or receiving e-mails, managing personal finances, surfing the Internet and running edutainment products. "With the AMD Duron processor in the value space and the AMD AthlonT processor in the performance space, AMD now offers superior solutions, top to bottom, across all desktop system price points. Regardless of how much business and home users want to spend, at any given system price point, they will get a better PC with an AMD processor-based system," said Hector Ruiz, president and chief operating officer of AMD.

"During the past year, thanks to strong execution and its overall processor portfolio, AMD grew its unit share of the microprocessor market noticeably. AMD looks to continue its success with the AMD Duron processor," said George Iwanyc, principal analyst at Dataquest.

"The AMD DuronT processor is an innovative processor designed for the value PC market. With the AMD Duron processor, computer users will get a PC capable of running today's applications with ease, and with enough power to run the applications of tomorrow," said Brett Faulk, director of Retail Desktop Product Marketing at Compaq.

"With the AMD Duron processor, value PC purchasers will receive a no-compromise chip, offering the ultimate combination of capability, durability and value in low-cost systems," said Dick Grote, R&D Manager for HP's home products division.

"IBM is committed to providing high-quality computing solutions for individual customers," said Tom Tobul, worldwide manager desktop product marketing. "With the new AMD Duron processor, IBM expects to continue to build on the success we have had with past AMD processors."

"We recognize the AMD Duron processor is a superior product with its innovative processor core design and affordability," said Koichi Inoue, general manager, Desktop Products Division, Personal Systems Business Group, Fujitsu Ltd.

About the AMD DuronT Processor

The AMD Duron processor is a derivative of the award-winning AMD Athlon processor and is designed to provide an optimized solution for value conscious business and home users. Employing an innovative design, the AMD Duron processor features a sophisticated cache architecture with 192KB of total on-chip cache; a high-speed 200MHz front-side bus, and a superscalar floating point unit with enhanced 3DNow!T technology. The AMD Duron processor offers value conscious buyers access to technology and performance that stands out among other processors in its class. It reflects AMD's 30 years of design and manufacturing expertise and sales of more than 125 million PC processors. AMD Duron processors are manufactured on AMD's 0.18 micron process technology in Fab 25, Austin, Texas.


The 700MHz, 650MHz, and 600MHz AMD Duron processors are priced at $192, $154, and $112, respectively, each in 1,000-unit quantities.

Visit AMD on the Web

For more information about the new AMD Duron processor, please visit our virtual pressroom at Additional press releases and information about AMD and its products are available at:

Note to Editors: Additional information will be available on Monday morning. David Somo, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group, will lead a teleconference. Opening remarks will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer period.

8 a.m. US PDT
Domestic 1-800-834-5978
International 1-212-346-6516

Audio replay information:

A replay will be available beginning at 11 a.m. US PDT, June 19 and will run until 11 a.m. US PDT, June 26.
Domestic - 1-800-633-8284
International - 1-858-812-6440
Reservation #15577465

B-roll footage:

B-roll featuring interviews with David Somo, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group, pictures of the AMD Duron chip and AMD corporate views will be available on Monday morning at the following times and coordinates:

0930-1000 EST Telstar 4, Transponder 6, Audio 6.2/6.8 (C-band)
1230-1300 EST Telstar 4, Transponder 6, Audio 6.2/6.8 (C-band)

Any inquiries should be directed to Bulletin International at (212) 899-5450.

Cautionary Statement

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 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 Duron processor and that OEM partner systems incorporating the AMD Duron processor 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.

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