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AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) Whitepaper
Date: Sunday June 04, 2000
Category: Press Release
Manufacturer Link: AMD Discus -- BBS
The AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) whitepapers include in depth technical information on the new processor.
 
Summary and AMD Overview


Summary: Powering the Next Generation in Computing Platforms

AMD Athlon processors use the latest microarchitecture innovations and system bus technology to deliver the industry's highest performance for x86-compatible platforms. Current AMD Athlon processor-based systems include high-end desktop products and uniprocessor workstations and servers. Future AMD Athlon processor-based systems are planned to include scalable, high-performance multiprocessing workstation and server platforms. The size of the multiprocessing system is determined by the chipset architecture and is designed to match the platform's computation needs. Forthcoming optimized chipsets are planned to enable multiprocessing system designs based on 2, 4, 8 or more AMD Athlon family processors.

AMD Athlon processors are compatible with x86 versions of Microsoftr Windowsr, including Windows 98, Windows NTr and Windows 2000, as well as other leading operating systems, such as Unix, Linux, OS/2 Warp, and Novell NetWare. The processors are also compatible with the existing installed base of more than 60,000 x86 software packages. In addition, numerous existing and forthcoming software packages are either currently optimized or planned to be optimized for enhanced 3DNow! technology and other architectural features implemented in AMD Athlon processors. 

High-performance AMD Athlon processor platforms provide a new level of performance and data movement capabilities for the next generation of computation-intensive software for the growing fields of digital imaging, the Internet, enterprise computing, CAD/CAE packages, scientific/technical applications, and 3D gaming.


AMD Overview

AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces microprocessors, flash memories, and integrated circuits for telecommunications and networking applications. The world's second-leading supplier of Windows compatible processors, AMD has shipped more than 120 million x86 microprocessors, including more than 90 million Windows compatible CPUs. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD has sales and marketing offices worldwide and manufacturing facilities in Sunnyvale; Austin, Texas; Dresden, Germany; Bangkok, Thailand; Penang, Malaysia; Singapore; and Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. AMD had revenues of $2.8 billion in 1999.

Cautionary Statement
This White Paper contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "expects," "plans," "believes," "anticipates," or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this white paper involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Forward-looking statements in this white paper about the AMD Athlon processor involve the risk that AMD will not be able to produce the processor in the volume required by customers on a timely basis; that AMD may not be successful in developing an infrastructure to support the processor; that third parties may not provide infrastructure solutions to support the processor; that the processor will not achieve customer and market acceptance; and that software applications will not be optimized for use with the processor. We urge investors to review in detail the risk and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the most recently filed Form-10K.


AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon and combinations thereof, and 3DNow! and AMD-750 are trademarks, and AMD-K6 is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

MMX is a trademark, and Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corp.

Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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Page 1: AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) Whitepaper
Page 2: Processor Architecture Diagram and Summary
Page 3: High Performance Cache Design
Page 4: 200MHz System Bus
Page 5: Application Optimizations and Infrastructure

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