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Date: Friday May 25, 2001
Category: 3DNow!
Manufacturer Link: AMD
AMD and Transmeta Corporation today announced that they have signed licensing agreements that promote industry standards for next generation microprocessors.


- Transmeta Licenses Two Next-Generation AMD Technologies: x86-64(tm) and HyperTransport(tm) Technologies -

SUNNYVALE, CA-May 25, 2001-AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA) today announced that they have signed licensing agreements that promote industry standards for next generation microprocessors.

Specifically, Transmeta has licensed AMD's x86-64(tm) technology and AMD's HyperTransport(tm) interconnect technology for their future x86 processors and technology initiatives.

HyperTransport interconnect technology is an innovative solution that moves information faster, enabling the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing technologies. AMD's x86-64 technology is a straightforward approach to 64-bit computing. It builds upon the x86 instruction set, and seamlessly integrates into the current 32-bit computing and support environment. Compatible with today's 32-bit computing environment, AMD's x86-64 technology approach will enable enterprises to transition to 64-bit environments while preserving the billions of dollars in 32-bit hardware and software investments.

"AMD's x86-64 instruction extensions provide the best upward compatible path for adding 64-bit address capabilities to the x86 instruction set for the PC industry, and we applaud AMD for taking leadership on this issue," said David R. Ditzel, vice-chairman and chief technology officer of Transmeta Corporation.

"We also believe that the HyperTransport interconnect technology is the right choice for the next generation input/output bus standard. By cooperating together on these technologies, customers will be the winners," added Doug Laird, executive vice president of product development of Transmeta.

"Cooperative alliances such as the one we are announcing today with Transmeta yield tremendous benefits for the entire industry," said Fred Weber, vice president and chief technical officer for AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD welcomes Transmeta to the group of companies adopting HyperTransport technology and we look forward to them introducing products incorporating the technology. Transmeta's endorsement of x86-64 technology demonstrates growing support as we move toward a new industry standard for 64-bit computing. We hope others in the industry will recognize the potential rewards from this collaboration and follow our cue as we advance these new computing standards."

"Transmeta's move to license AMD's x86-64 technology will simplify the lives of software developers, and increases the likelihood that the x86-64 architecture will attract the software support it needs for market success," observed Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64 in Saratoga, CA. "Similarly, Transmeta's decision to adopt AMD's HyperTransport technology adds to the momentum building behind that standard, and expands the market for HyperTransport-based I/O controllers."

About AMD's x86-64(tm) Technology

The x86-64 technology approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86 instruction set, one of the industry's most proven and widely supported technologies. Old PC applications will continue to run without a performance impact and new applications can take advantage of the larger address space. AMD x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address memories as large as 2 to the 64th power, such as high performance servers, database management systems, and CAD tools. The x86-64 technology seamlessly integrates into the current computing and support environment, and is designed to enable enterprises to deploy high performance 64-bit capable systems that build upon the billions of dollars already invested in 32-bit software.

AMD enhanced the current x86 instruction set by introducing two major features: a 64-bit extension called long mode, and register extensions. Long mode consists of two sub-modes: 64-bit mode, and compatibility mode. 64-bit mode supports new 64-bit code through the addition of eight general-purpose registers and widens them all along with the instruction pointer. It also adds eight 128-bit floating point registers. Compatibility mode supports existing 16-bit and 32-bit applications under a 64-bit operating system. In addition to long mode, the architecture also supports a pure x86 legacy mode, which preserves binary compatibility with existing 16-bit and 32-bit applications and operating systems.

About HyperTransport(tm) Technology

HyperTransport interconnect technology is a new high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits. It was developed to enable the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing technologies. Compared with existing system interconnects that typically provide bandwidth up to 266MB/sec, HyperTransport technology's bandwidth of 12.8GB/sec represents up to a 48-fold increase in data throughput. HyperTransport technology provides an extremely fast connection that complements externally visible bus standards like the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), as well as emerging technologies like InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet. The HyperTransport connection is designed to provide the bandwidth that the new InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet standards require to communicate with memory and system components inside of next-generation servers and devices that may power the backbone infrastructure of the telecom industry.

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, 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)


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About Transmeta Corporation

Transmeta is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: TMTA) located in Santa Clara, California. Transmeta develops and sells software-based microprocessors and develops additional hardware and software technologies that enable computer manufacturers to build computers that simultaneously offer long battery life, high performance and x86 compatibility. Transmeta's family of Crusoe microprocessors is targeted at the notebook and Internet appliance segments of the mobile Internet computer market, as well as ultra-dense servers. For more information visit Transmeta on the web at

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. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the filings of the companies with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.

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