AMD DURONT PROCESSOR ENABLES SUPERIOR PC SOLUTIONS FOR VALUE CONSCIOUS
BUSINESS AND HOME USERS
--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
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
"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,
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 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 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
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
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)
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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.