AMD LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE 'AMD ASSURED' MOTHERBOARD PROGRAM TO SIMPLIFY DESIGN
PROCESS FOR PC SYSTEM BUILDERS
- Gigabyte, Micro-Star motherboards first to qualify for the testing program
PHOENIX, AZ-SEPTEMBER 25, 2000*AMD today announced a new worldwide program
designed to help ensure availability of reliable, high quality motherboards
for AMD Athlon(tm) and AMD Duron(tm) processor-based computers.
The AMD Assured Program, formally announced at the Fall System Builder
Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, is intended to help builders of AMD Athlon and
AMD Duron processor-based systems identify motherboards which have passed
AMD's testing criteria.
Under the program, motherboards must pass extensive electrical and
compatibility testing. In addition, the motherboard manufacturer must agree
to maintain a reasonable supply of the approved boards. Once they have
passed the program tests, program-approved motherboards will qualify only so
long as the board's design or components are not altered. If the motherboard
manufacturer makes such changes, the board must be resubmitted to AMD for
evaluation and such additional testing as AMD deems appropriate in order to
continue to be designated as a program-qualified board.
"The AMD Assured program is another example of AMD working with its
customers and partners to bring about a complete, stable PC platform," said
David Somo, AMD vice president of marketing. "With this new program, system
builders and VARs can build AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processor-based systems
with the confidence that they are using quality motherboards that meet the
testing standards specified by the AMD Assured program."
The AMD Assured Program is open to motherboard manufacturers around the
world. To date, motherboard manufacturers Gigabyte Technology and MSI Inc.
have each qualified a motherboard for the AMD Assured Program. Each
motherboard that is qualified through the AMD Assured Program will receive a
specific AMD Assured model number.
The AMD Assured program is an extension of AMD's current practice of
verifying and recommending a collection of motherboards for use with its
diverse family of microprocessors. (For a list of recommended motherboards
for AMD processors, please go to http://www.amd.com/reseller/reseller.html).
AMD plans to continue recommending motherboards in addition to operating the
AMD Assured program.
The AMD Assured program's electrical and compatibility testing is extensive,
and includes EMI scanning and standard benchmarking. Each board is tested
to the Microsoftr WHQL and Novell standards, and must pass tests on a
variety of standard corporate suites including Microsoftr Office 2000 and
Corel Office 2000, as well as operating system testing on Microsoft Windowsr
98, Windows NTr, Windows 2000, Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), Unix, Linux,
Solaris and BeOS. In the future, AMD may perform additional testing on
applications such as AutoDesk, AutoCAD 2000, Adobe PhotoShop 5.5, Adobe
Illustrator 8, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Basic 6.0 and Borland Turbo C++.
"Gigabyte is proud to be one of the original participants in the AMD Assured
Program," said Jack Ko, Gigabyte vice president of Worldwide Sales &
Marketing. "By submitting our motherboards to AMD for testing, we are
showing our commitment to providing the market with reliable, compatible and
readily available motherboards."
"We think AMD is doing the right thing by undertaking a program to raise
standards for motherboards used in AMD processor-based systems," Calvin Wu,
president of MSI Computer Corp. "With our AMD Assured program-qualified
motherboard, system builders can build MSI motherboard-based systems with
confidence knowing that they have passed AMD's rigorous testing procedures."
For more information about the AMD Assured Program, including a list of
motherboards that have met the "AMD Assured" program requirements, please
go to http://www.amd.com/reseller/assured/index.html.
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).
About System Builder Summit
System Builder Summit Fall 2000 takes place September 24-27, 2000, at The
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a three-day forum
where 200 of the top revenue producers in the system builder channel meet in
a variety of venues with more than 100 technology vendors, international
distributors and service providers.
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