Top Tool Vendors Announce Support for Upcoming AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ Processors Based On Hammer Technology
—Tool developers’ software expected to help speed adoption and implementation of systems and applications for AMD platforms built with Hammer technology—
SAN JOSE, CA --
At Platform Conference 2002, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced support for its upcoming AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ processors based on Hammer technology from top tool vendors Etnus, MigraTEC, Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) and STMicroelectronics.
Tool vendor support is expected to help enable early adoption of AMD’s upcoming Hammer technology-based systems with optimized hardware and software products. Tools developed will help hardware and software vendors easily deliver applications and systems to support AMD processors built with Hammer architecture. Upcoming hardware and software will be designed to support the x86-64 architecture, helping customers protect current investments in 32-bit technology, and allowing seamless migration to powerful 64-bit computing environments as needed.
“Today’s announcement adds to the extensive industry support, which now includes leading operating system, hardware and tool vendors, for the upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processors based on Hammer technology,” said Ed Ellett, vice-president of product marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. “AMD has passed another major milestone in assembling the partners, systems and components to facilitate customer adoption of the upcoming AMD processors.”
“Our market-leading Etnus TotalView debugger currently supports seventh-generation AMD Athlon processors, and we plan to provide 32-bit support for AMD Athlon processors based on Hammer technology under the Linux operating system,” said Mary Kay Bunde, Director of Market Development, Etnus. “As AMD prepares to enter the 64-bit commercial server market, Etnus looks forward to working with AMD in debugging multi-threaded, multi-process software applications on current and future systems.”
"MigraTEC is releasing 64Express for the upcoming AMD Opteron processor to support the adoption of AMD's x86-64 architecture, which will accelerate the drive towards 64-bit standards-based computing," said Ulrich Brechbuhl, president, MigraTEC. "Using 64Express, an automated source code migration solution, developers will be able to port their 32-bit source code to AMD's upcoming 64-bit platform and greatly reduce the risk, time and cost of their migration projects."
"As the leading numerical and statistical components provider, NAG is developing powerful, robust and reliable numerical libraries to help extract peak floating point performance and accuracy on the upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processors," said Brian Ford, Director of NAG. "Developers creating software optimized for AMD processors based on Hammer Technology will be able to utilize our excellent numerical libraries to speed up their application development and reduce costs and maintenance."
“AMD and STMicroelectronics are working together to bring the Portland Group Compiler Technology to the x86-64 architecture on multiple
operating systems,” said Vincent J. Schuster, Director of the Portland Group Compiler Technology team of STMicroelectronics. “By providing high-performance and robust FORTRAN, C and C++ compilation tools, our shared customers, including individual developers, enterprise users, and the high-performance computing community, are expected to be able to obtain peak 32-bit and 64-bit performance as well as compatibility from AMD’s upcoming 64-bit processors.”
AMD Athlon processors based on Hammer technology are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2002.
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About the AMD Opteron™ Processor
The upcoming AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of AMD’s 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, which can result 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.
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. AMD’s 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.
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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