AMD GAINS MOBILE MOMENTUM: NEC, SONY, FUJITSU CHOOSE AMD PROCESSORS FOR NEW
-NEC selects the 1GHz mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 4 processor-
-NEC, Sony, Fujitsu to offer systems based on mobile AMD Duron(tm)
TOKYO, JAPAN- MAY 23, 2001-AMD today announced that NEC, Sony Corporation
and Fujitsu, three of Japan's largest computer manufacturers, are expected
to feature notebook PCs based on seventh-generation mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 4
and mobile AMD Duron(tm) processors.
Collectively, these companies commanded over 50 percent of total PC
shipments, including notebooks and desktops, for the year 2000 in Japan.
Japan is the world's second largest consumer of PCs. NEC, the country's
leading PC maker, is the first to adopt the newly introduced 1GHz mobile AMD
Athlon(tm) 4 processor in Japan.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor is the world's highest performance
processor for the notebook PC market and features the innovative AMD
PowerNow!(tm) technology, which can extend system battery life up to 30%
without compromising performance and offers up to 50 percent more
performance than competitive systems running on batteries.
Sony and Fujitsu have both announced systems based on the mobile AMD Duron
processor. NEC is also offering systems based on the mobile AMD Duron
"We are very pleased these prestigious companies have chosen the mobile AMD
Athlon 4 and mobile AMD Duron processors," said Kazuo Sakai, president, AMD
Japan. "With notebook PCs comprising approximately 50 percent of the PC
market in Japan, these key notebook systems establish AMD in both
performance and value mobile computing."
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 and mobile AMD Duron processors support AMD's Socket
A platform architecture, providing stability and reliability. The Socket A
platform provides a cost-effective migration path to the latest technology
for both business and consumer users.
NEC plans to use the 1GHz mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor in its "LaVie G"
series. An 800MHz mobile AMD Duron processor will also be featured in the
"LaVie G" series, as well as the "LaVie L" series. These consumer systems
are expected to ship later this month.
Sony is announcing a "VAIO note" system for the Japanese consumer market
that features a 700MHz mobile AMD Duron processor. Sony plans to ship
these systems later this month. Sony currently offers a VAIO FX210 notebook
PC that incorporates the mobile AMD Duron processor in the U.S. retail
Fujitsu is introducing a consumer notebook PC using an 800MHz mobile AMD
Duron processor in its "FMV-BIBLO" series notebook in Japan. These consumer
systems are expected to ship later this month.
About the Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 4 Processor
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor features a new lower power design for
notebook computing, 384 KB of on-chip, full-speed cache with hardware data
pre-fetch (256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128 Kbytes of on-chip level
(L1) cache), AMD PowerNow! technology for extended battery life, a
superscalar floating-point unit, and support for AMD's 3DNow! Professional
instruction set for enhanced multimedia capabilities.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor is compatible with AMD's Socket A
infrastructure, and supports the advanced 200MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus,
providing the highest bandwidth available for notebook PCs. Mobile AMD
Athlon 4 processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process
technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy
awarded AMD an ENERGY STAR® Certificate of Recognition for its
energy-efficient processors, including the AMD Athlon 4 processor. These
products help manufacturers meet stringent ENERGY STAR specifications for a
variety of appliances, equipment and other products. Products with the
ENERGY STAR label are designed to use less energy, save money and help
protect the environment.
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, a Fortune 500 and
Standard & Poor's 500 company, 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 $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).