AMD and Microsoft Collaborate to further 64-Bit Computing
-AMD and Microsoft sign agreement to help grow 64-bit computing market- -AMD to demonstrate dual AMD Opteron™ processor-based system running 64-bit Microsoft Windows®-
Sunnyvale, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to incorporate 64-bit support for the future 8th-generation AMD Athlon™ and AMD Opteron™ processors into the Windows® operating system.
“Since the inception of the PC, hardware and software have been inextricably linked. The best advances in technology happen when the hardware and software are in sync. The union of AMD’s 8th-generation processor technology and a Microsoft Windows operating system built to support that technology lays the groundwork for broader industry adoption of 64-bit computing platforms, especially in the enterprise, and helps drive performance to stunning new levels,” said Dirk Meyer, group vice president of AMD’s Computation Products Group.
"At Microsoft, our vision for 64-bit computing is a highly scalable and affordable platform that is easy to deploy, easy to manage and easy to
develop applications for,” said Dave Cutler, Sr. Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft’s Windows Team, and one of the world’s foremost software architects. “AMD’s 8th-generation architecture gives customers great 32-bit performance and 64-bit capabilities on a single system. Together, AMD’s 8th-generation processors and Windows should provide customers a flexible platform and a compelling value proposition.”
”Enterprise applications continue to grow in size and complexity, and, at the same time, enterprises are demanding better solutions for server consolidation and workload handling,” said John Enck, vice president and research director at Gartner, Inc. “Sophisticated processing architectures and large memory modules provided by 64-bit computing hold the promise of addressing these demanding requirements.”
Server applications such as databases, business intelligence, data warehousing and ERP programs as well as client applications for image manipulation, technical and scientific computing, and entertainment can all benefit from 64-bit computing power. Microsoft Corp. is currently developing support within its Microsoft Windows operating system family to take advantage of the advanced features in the 8th-generation AMD Athlon™ and AMD Opteron processors.
AMD also plans to demonstrate its AMD Opteron dual processor-based server running a developmental 64-bit version of Windows at its annual shareholders’ meeting in New York City on Thursday, April 25.
The demonstration features a server running a 64-bit Windows operating system, 64-bit applications, and other standard 32-bit office software, all on the same system. Those applications then are remotely accessed by the 8th-generation AMD Athlon desktop PC running Windows XP, illustrating the compatibility, flexibility and interoperability of AMD’s 8th generation processor family.
AMD plans to begin shipping its 8th-generation AMD Athlon processors in the fourth quarter. Shipments of the AMD Opteron processor are slated to commence in the first half of 2003.
AMD will host a teleconference and audio Web cast regarding today’s announcement at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Brief remarks will be given by Dirk Meyer, group vice president of AMD’s Computation Products Group, and will be followed by a Q&A.
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About the AMD Opteron™ Processor
The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s 8th-generation processor core which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry’s first x86-64 technology. This technology is planned to preserve companies’ investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today’s most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, resulting in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport™ technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.
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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