AMD Unveils Groundbreaking Platform Design For Its Next Generation Microprocessors
—The AMD-8000™ series of chipsets to provide evolutionary building blocks for future computing platforms—
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today disclosed details of the AMD-8000™ series of chipsets, which in conjunction with AMD’s next generation processor architecture — codenamed “Hammer” — is expected to provide a groundbreaking advancement to dramatically improve the overall performance of future computing platforms.
The AMD-8000 series of chipsets is designed to be flexible and modular in order to deliver building blocks for PC manufacturers to produce advanced, high-performance desktop and mobile PCs, servers, and workstations. The chipsets will incorporate HyperTransport™ technology, which helps to diminish system bottlenecks, enable better efficiency, and increase throughput to improve overall system performance.
“We believe the AMD-8000 series of chipsets will represent a major breakthrough in system chipset design, and will fundamentally alter the way computers are made in the future,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. “To meet the high-bandwidth demands of current and future graphics and other I/O devices, computer architecture will need to evolve from the existing platform infrastructure. These chipsets are designed to be compatible with today’s hardware components, and allow for a seamless transition to tomorrow’s far more advanced, higher performance platforms.”
When introduced, the AMD-8000 series of chipsets will include the AMD-8111™ HyperTransport I/O hub, the AMD-8131™ HyperTransport PCI-X tunnel, and the AMD-8151™ HyperTransport AGP3.0 graphics tunnel. These chipsets for the “Hammer” processors are planned to be available in the fourth quarter of 2002, and are designed to provide the basis for AMD processor-based systems to serve the PC, workstation, and server markets.
The AMD-8000 series of chipsets is another example of AMD driving beneficial new technologies into the market. Chipset vendors Ali, SiS, NVIDIA, and VIA are also working closely with AMD, and are expected to design and produce chipsets for AMD’s “Hammer” processor.
About “Hammer” Processor Architecture
Industry leaders understand the need to anticipate and plan for future computing needs while meeting today’s challenges. The “Hammer” processor architecture is designed to provide unparalleled PC performance on 32-bit applications while allowing a migration path to 64-bit applications. The “Hammer” architecture is designed to allow a seamless execution of both 32-bit and 64-bit code and allows applications to meet the need for memory-intensive programs. The “Hammer” family of microprocessors features a high-performance integrated memory controller and a high-speed scalable system bus using HyperTransport technology.
About AMD’s x86-64 Technology
AMD’s straightforward approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86 instruction set, one of the industry’s most proven and widely supported technologies. AMD’s x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address large amounts of physical and virtual memory, 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.
About HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport technology is a high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits, and is designed to meet the bandwidth needs of tomorrow’s computing and communications platforms. HyperTransport technology helps reduce the number of buses while providing a high-performance link for PCs, workstations, and servers, as well as numerous embedded applications and highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It is designed to allow chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with some existing bus technologies.
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 $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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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, including the risks that AMD will not introduce the AMD-8000 series of chipsets and/or the “Hammer” processor by the end of 2002 as is currently planned, and third-party chipset vendors will not produce chipsets supporting the "Hammer" processor consistent with AMD’s current expectations. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company’s filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.
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