AMD and Epic Demonstrate Power 0f 64-Bit Gaming
-First ever demo of x86-based, 64-bit game is proof-of-concept for AMD’s strategy-
LAS VEGAS --
At Comdex, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today demonstrated a 64-bit developmental version of Unreal Tournament 2003 from Epic Games on a system based on the upcoming AMD Athlon™ 64 processor. The technology demonstration illustrates AMD’s commitment to bringing next-generation, 64-bit computing to the desktop and consumer applications.
“Our goal is to be the driving force in providing solutions that will bring the power of 64-bit computing to PC users,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of client business segment for AMD’s Computation Products Group. “Gaming enthusiasts demand the highest performance systems, and we believe gaming will be the catalyst that brings 64-bit computing to mainstream PC users.”
Unreal Tournament 2003, based on the latest generation Unreal Engine technology, is the recently released sequel to Epic Games’ and Digital Extremes’ award-winning Unreal Tournament. The Unreal Engine serves as the foundation upon which many other award-winning games have been built and has been licensed by top game developers for games in a variety of genres running on multiple platforms.
“We’re extremely excited about the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor. It’s designed to run today’s 32-bit games and applications and will actually, clock-for-clock, boost their performance relative to 32-bit AMD Athlon processors. But when you add 64-bits to the picture you can get additional capabilities and other performance boosts,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games Inc. “We’re planning to ship a 64-bit update for Unreal Tournament 2003 at the same time the AMD Athlon 64 processors show up on retail shelves.”
The upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor is expected to be the industry’s first and only 64-bit, x86-based PC processor for desktop and mobile computing. It is designed to provide unprecedented application performance for consumers and businesses by being able to run 64-bit applications at full performance, thus significantly expanding data capacity, and simultaneously run 32-bit software applications with no performance penalty.
The upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor will include a number of technology innovations that provide these benefits. A highly scalable system bus using HyperTransport™ technology is designed to provide more than one and half times the throughput of other competing processors. And an integrated memory controller that will boost performance by directly connecting the processor to the memory and dramatically reducing memory 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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