AMD Demonstrates Next-Generation Processor
—First public ‘Hammer’ processor demo debuts with 64-bit and 32-bit technology—
SAN FRANCISCO, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today demonstrated our vision of the future of computing with our next-generation processor, codenamed “Hammer.”
“Great architectures are built on strong foundations, and ‘Hammer’ is rock solid. Based on AMD’s x86-64 technology, the ‘Hammer’ processor will be the industry’s first and only 64-bit processor for x86 computing, and is designed to offer unparalleled performance on both 32-bit and 64-bit software,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “Beyond performance, ‘Hammer’ will give users a smooth migration path to the 64-bit software of tomorrow, all the while preserving the billions of dollars of today’s 32-bit software applications.”
“Hammer” processors are expected to be AMD’s first x86 processors to have a fully integrated DDR memory controller and “Hammer” processor-based solutions are expected to be the first to incorporate a full HyperTransport™ technology-based chipset. Both technology advancements help remove bottlenecks and speed the flow of information through the PC. The “Hammer” processor family will also be extremely versatile, with processor versions planned to power systems from thin-and-light notebooks to 8-way enterprise servers.
AMD’s demonstration featured “Hammer” running both a 64-bit Linux and 32-bit Microsoft® Windows® operating system. The AMD “Hammer” processors were manufactured on 0.13 micron, Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology, which together enable higher performance and lower power consumption.
“‘Hammer’ remains true to AMD’s traditions. We’re innovating within industry standards, innovating with compatibility, and innovating with users in mind,” said Fred Weber, Chief Technical Officer of the Computation Products Group of AMD. “Because it is based on the long-established x86 instruction set architecture, software developers, engineers and IT personnel don’t have to start over from scratch.”
AMD expects to begin shipping the first version of the “Hammer” family of processors at the end of 2002.
About “Hammer” 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 performance with 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless migration path to 64-bit applications. This future family of microprocessors will also feature 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 enterprise to deploy high performance 64-bit capable systems.
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. It 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. HyperTransport technology 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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