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AMD Releases 1.1GHz Athlon
Date: Monday August 28, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS
AMD has officially released the 1.1GHz Athlon with the performance enhancing cache.


-More than 10 OEMs worldwide plan to offer systems powered by the 1.1GHz AMD Athlon(tm) processor, including Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP and IBM-

SUNNYVALE, CA - AUGUST 28, 2000 - AMD today announced the availability of 1.1GHz (1,100MHz) AMD Athlon(tm) processor-based systems. More than 10 computer manufacturers worldwide plan to offer PCs featuring the 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor, including Compaq, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, IBM, Boldata, Caliber, DACCO, Everex, Kaltech, Mesh, Micro Express, Mitsuba, SPC, Systemax, Time, U-Tron and Xi. Eight manufacturers - Gateway, Caliber, Micro Express, Mitsuba, SPC, Time, U-Tron and Xi - are immediately taking orders for these systems.

Hundreds of computer manufacturers worldwide currently offer AMD Athlon processor-based PCs, reinforcing AMD's leadership position in providing high volumes of high-frequency processors to the marketplace. Industry support for AMD's Socket A infrastructure also continues to grow. AMD has validated more than 10 motherboards that can support Socket A, and AMD is working with more than 40 vendors to develop motherboards supporting AMD's Socket A design.

"By supplying the highest performing PC processors in volume, AMD has reshaped the performance segment of the market, which now extends from 800MHz to 1.1GHz. Because of AMD's superior product architectures, manufacturing ability, and outstanding execution, at any system price point, business and home users will get a more powerful PC with an AMD processor-based system," said Rob Herb, executive vice president of AMD.

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. The 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor offers up to 10 percent more performance than the 1GHz AMD Athlon processor on relevant industry standard benchmarks.

"The AMD Athlon processor's performance is setting an industry standard for creative professionals -- Web designers, multimedia developers, desktop publishers, and digital imaging and graphic artists," said David Somo, vice president of marketing for the Computation Products Group at AMD. "The 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor will continue in that vein, allowing PCs to keep pace with the imagination, and allowing creative professionals to do what they do best - create."

Computer Manufacturers Offer 1.1GHz AMD Athlon Processor "The Compaq Presario 7000 Series appeals to consumers who require unabashed speed and high performance for multimedia, digital video editing applications and power gaming," said Mark Vena, Director of Consumer Desktop Product Marketing, Compaq Computer Corporation. "With the addition of the new 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor to its formidable lineup of performance-oriented PCs, Compaq continues to enhance the Presario brand's reputation for leading-edge power and value."

"HP has been very pleased with the power and pure performance of the AMD Athlon processor for the HP Pavilion home PC family," said Larry Wuerz, Worldwide Manufacturing Manager for HP's Home Products Division. "We expect the new 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor to be a great addition to the HP Pavilion home PC family."

"As a leading OEM, Fujitsu Siemens Computers will offer the new 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor in its xpert-Line of PCs. This will enable Fujitsu Siemens Computers to offer professional users and PC enthusiasts a product that combines cutting edge performance with a fair price," said Achim Berg, Managing Director and Vice President, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Germany.

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 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 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About AMD
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $2.9 billion in 1999. (NYSE: AMD).

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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 risks that AMD will not be able to continue to produce increasingly higher frequency processors in the volume or mix that customers require, that the current plans of computer manufacturers to offer PCs featuring the 1.1GHz AMD Athlon processor will change, that industry support for AMD's Socket A infrastructure will not continue to grow or will not grow adequately to support AMD's production and marketing plans, and more generally that AMD will not be able to sustain a leadership position in providing high volumes of high-frequency processors to the marketplace. 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, 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 product names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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