FIC Announces HB11 motherboard for Upcoming AMD Opteron™ and Eighth-Generation AMD Athlon™ Processor-based Platforms
Taipei, Taiwan --
First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) is pleased to announce that it is developing motherboard solutions designed to support the eagerly-awaited AMD Opteron™ and eighth-Generation Athlon™ processors. FIC’s award-winning range of Socket A motherboards for AMD Athlon and Duron™ families of processors have proved hugely popular and FIC intends to continue providing high-quality solutions for the new generation of AMD products.
President of FIC Networking and Information Group, Gene Sheu, today commented, “The launch of the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processors is definitely going to be a landmark in processor technology history. FIC’s Socket A solutions have been a huge success and I firmly believe that the next generation of AMD motherboard solutions will be even better.”
Currently under development at FIC is the advanced HB11 motherboard with support for the eighth-generation AMD processors with DDR333 memory. The new ATX motherboard will be based on AMD-8151™ HyperTransport™ AGP 3.0 graphics tunnel and AMD-8111™ HyperTransport I/O hub chipsets and looks set to carry a host of features including on-board LAN, IEEE1394, USB 2.0, ATA133, on-board audio and possibly even embedded Bluetooth™. The HB11 will be the first FIC product to support the upcoming AMD processors but more products will certainly follow.
The upcoming eighth-generation of AMD processors will use a new 64 bit design technology. The new 64-bit approach to processor design will allow support for existing 32-bit applications but will also allow a seamless transition to 64-bit applications as they become available. This is good news for buyers of technology that don’t want to have to upgrade again when they need support for 64-bit applications.
“Systems based on the latest AMD and FIC technologies will help our customers protect their IT investments,” said Rich Heye, vice president platform engineering and infrastructure, AMD. “By optimizing 32-bit performance, and allowing the evolution to a 64-bit environment, AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon platforms and new FIC Socket A solutions can be used in the short and long term.”
FIC was founded in 1980 in Taipei by Dr. Ming J Chien and has made a name for itself in the motherboard industry as well as a number of other markets. Today the company is still based in Taiwan and has branch offices in 9 countries, 4 supplier hubs, 8 manufacturing / assembly lines and a 3C foundry.
The FIC philosophy continues to drive the company forward in new and exciting directions. The cutting edge research and development facilities and impressive global logistics network are key factors in this philosophy. More information can be found at http://www.fic.com.tw
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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