AMD Athlon™ Processor Chosen to Power Systemax Ascent Commerical Desktop
--Systemax will feature 1GHz business desktops --
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD announced Monday that Systemax, a New York-based PC manufacturer, has chosen to base its Ascent brand of commercial desktops on the award-winning AMD Athlon™ processor. AMD will begin showcasing a Systemax Ascent model based on the 1GHz AMD Athlon processor on Tuesday at the FOSE show (Booth #17) in Washington, D.C., the nation's largest government technology trade show.
"We are pleased to have Systemax join a growing list of computer manufacturers that now offer business, government and educational users the reliability, performance and stability of the AMD Athlon processor," said David Somo, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Through Systemax's build-to-order model, commercial technology buyers can realize the outstanding features delivered by the Ascent brand."
"The PVO-1000a clearly demonstrates that the 1GHz Athlon is a stable platform for even the most demanding business user," said Richard Leeds, Systemax Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Systemax continues to focus on meeting the needs of small and medium businesses, as well as government and education, with its AMD Athlon processor-based Ascent PC line."
The business-oriented features of the Ascent PVO-1000a -- offered as standard equipment with the new PC -- include a 3COM 10/100 MHz network interface card, 19-inch high-resolution monitor, 50X CD-ROM drive, CDR/W drive, 30 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB TNT2 graphics card, Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition, and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional. The Ascent PV0-1000a is available for immediate build-to-order through Dartek (www.dartek.com), Global Computer (www.globalcomputer.com), MidWest Micro (www.mwmicro.com), and Tiger Direct (www.tigerdirect.com). The manufacturer's recommended price for the standard configuration is approximately $2,995. Actual price depends on the configuration options selected.
In addition to the 1GHz Systemax Ascent model, AMD will demonstrate AMD processor-based commercial desktop, notebook and workstation models at FOSE from the following manufacturers: Compaq, Comtech, Everex, Gateway, MicroPro, Pionex, and Systemax. The tradeshow is April 18-20.
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AMD Athlon™ Processor Awards Around the World
The AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based systems have received more than 50 awards from countries spanning the continents. The following is a listing of AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based system awards:
AMD Athlon Processor Awards
AMD Athlon Processor-based System Awards
- Analyst's Choice Award -- Best PC Processor, Microprocessor Report, January 2000
- Technical Excellence -- Best Component (Hardware Category), PC Magazine, November 1999
- CPU of the Year, Maximum PC, December 1999
- Best Product of 1999 (Hardware), Windows NT Systems, January 2000
- All-Star Award, Cadalyst, December 1999
- Wired for 3D Editors' Choice, 3D Magazine, January 2000
- Attaboy Award -- Product of the Year, Houston Chronicle, December 1999
- Technical Excellence -- Best Component (Hardware Category), PC Magazine en Espanol, December 1999
- Best Overall Product of the Year, PC Magazine (UK), December 1999
- Best System Design -- Processor, PC Magazine (UK), December 1999
- Product of the Year, PC Expert (France), January 2000
- Technical Excellence -- Hardware and Component Category, PC Expert (France), January 2000
- Year 2000 Star Product (New Technology Category), Info PC (France), January 2000
- Overall Product of the Year, Info PC (France), January 2000
- Editors' Choice, Generation PC (France), January 2000
- Product of the Year, PC Compatibles (France), December 1999
- Product of the Year -- Processor, PC Direct (France), January 2000
- Product of the Year 2000, PC Achat (France), January 2000
- Product of the Year, PC World (Denmark), December 1999
- Product of the Year, PC World (Norway), December 1999
- Best CPU for Desktops, PC World Komputer (Poland), December 1999
- Technology Product of the Year, PC Kurier (Poland), January 2000
- Millennium Award, Personal Computer Magazine (The Netherlands), January 2000
- Best of Comdex (Israel), December 1999
- Best of World PC Expo 99 (Japan), Nikkei BYTE/Nikkei WinPC Magazine, September 1999
- Hardware of the Year Award Processors (Germany) PC Joker Magazine
- Readers Choice Award (Poland), CHIP Magazine
- Product of the Year Award (Finland), MikroPC, December 1999
- Product of the Year Award Processors (700MHz AMD Athlon processor) (Finland), Tietokone, December 1999
- Best Product of 1999 (China), China Computerworld, January 2000
- Top 10 IT Product in 1999 (China), China Computer Reseller Weekly, January 2000
- Highly Recommended Hardware, eNet, January 2000
- Upgrade Product of 1999 (Australia), Australian Personal Computer, November 1999
- Trend Setting Hardware Technology (1.1GHz AMD Athlon technology demonstration), CHIP magazin, February 2000
- Most Innovative Manufacturer (AMD for the AMD Athlon processor) (Germany), PC Direct, February 2000
- Reader's Choice Most Innovative Hardware (Germany), PC Shopping, February 2000
- Reader's Choice Company of the Year (AMD for the AMD Athlon processor), (Germany), PC Shopping, February 2000
- Innovation of the Year 99-00 Finalist (Germany), PC Professionell, February 2000
- Grand Prix Award (Croatia), VIDI Magazine, February 2000
-Best CPU Hi-End Use (800MHz AMD Athlon processor)
-Best CPU Games (800MHz AMD Athlon processor)
-Best CPU Office Use (800MHz AMD Athlon processor)
About the AMD Athlon Processor
- State-of-the-Art Desktop PC: Compaq Presario 5861, PC Computing, November 1999
- Editors' Choice Award (Desktop PCs): TCE K7-600, Computer Reseller News, September 1999
- 1 Midrange PC: Micro Express's MicroFlex-550B, PC World, January 2000
- Best Hardware of 1999: Polywell Poly 800K7-700, CNET.com, December 1999
- System of the Year: CyberMax Enthusiast AP6 650MHz AMD Athlon, Maximum PC, December 1999
- Attaboy Award -- Best Consumer PC: Compaq Presario 5900Z, Houston Chronicle, December 1999
- Cadalyst Labs 5-Star (out of a possible 5 stars) Highly Recommended Workstation:
-Polywell 800K7-6501 (650MHz AMD Athlon processor)
-Sys Performance 600A (600MHz AMD Athlon processor)
-Xi Computer 650K MTower SP (650MHz AMD Athlon processor)
- Ultimate Game Machine (co-winner): Falcon Northwest Computers, Computer Gaming World, December 1999.
The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache technology, including 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3DNow!™ technology with 24 additional instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and the AMD Athlon system bus a 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha™ EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas.
Systemax Inc. (www.systemax.com) has developed an integrated system of branded e-commerce web sites, direct mail catalogs, and relationship marketing to sell private label and name brand PC hardware, related computer products, and industrial products, to businesses in North America and Europe. With annual sales at a rate of more than $1.7 billion, Systemax is a Fortune 1000 and Inter@active Internet 500 company that is listed on the NYSE, traded under the symbol SYX. For press information, please contact Elizabeth Hoff of SS Public Relations Inc. at (847) 955-0700 ext. 278.
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