More Products, More Performance, More Partners: AMD Unveils New AMD Athlon™ Processor; Commences Shipments of AMD Duron™ Processor
--Infrastructure partners demonstrate support of Socket A motherboards-- --Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, HP and IBM plan to introduce computers based on new AMD Athlon™ processor--
TAIPEI, TAIWAN --
At Computex, AMD today introduced the new AMD Athlon™ processor featuring performance-enhancing on-chip L2 cache memory, and announced that it has begun shipping its new AMD Duron™ processor to computer manufacturers worldwide.
The AMD Athlon processor continues to power the next-generation in computing platforms, delivering the ultimate performance for cutting-edge applications and an unprecedented x86 computing experience. AMD is shipping the new AMD Athlon processors with performance enhancing on-chip L2 cache memory now. Compaq, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM and others plan to introduce systems featuring the processor. The new AMD Athlon processor is available in six speeds (1GHz, and 950, 900, 850, 800 and 750MHz) in both Slot A and the new Socket A packaging .
"AMD has made great strides over the past year with the AMD Athlon processor, with both engineering and manufacturing executing well," said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group. "The new design delivers even better performance, and these chips will be formidable competitors in the marketplace. With the new AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors, AMD is well positioned in both the performance and value PC segments."
"Backed by our infrastructure partners, AMD has never been in a better position to deliver superior solutions to our customers. The new AMD Athlon processor sets the stage for AMD's further growth in both the commercial and consumer sectors," said Rob Herb, executive vice president at AMD.
Many of AMD's leading infrastructure partners today announced chipsets and motherboards optimized for AMD's Socket A infrastructure for the new AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors, demonstrating widespread support for Socket A.
Industry Supports New AMD Athlon Processor
"The enhanced AMD Athlon processor has proven to be startlingly fast. Traditional processor hungry enterprise applications that typically bog down systems are aided by the new AMD Athlon processor's performance-enhancing L2 cache memory. The AMD Athlon processor's support for PC133 memory, its 200MHz system bus and solid architecture enables incredibly stable and very powerful computing platforms," said John Alley, Program Manager, Microsoft Enterprise Computing Labs.
"The AMD Athlon processor has been an ideal platform for consumers. The architectural enhancements to the new AMD Athlon processor will strengthen the overall performance of Compaq's line of Presario computers and enhance our ability to offer PCs to power-oriented users with an insatiable appetite for speed," said Mark Vena, director, CTO Product Marketing at Compaq.
"The AMD Athlon processor has been an important component for our build-to-order kiosk program. Our HP Pavilion PC build-to-order systems will feature the 'new and improved' AMD Athlon processor, which will provide users with top-flight performance no matter what application they put to the test," said Larry Wuerz, manufacturing manager for HP's Home Products Division."
"IBM is committed to providing high-performance computing solutions for consumers", said Tom Tobul, worldwide manager IBM desktop product marketing. "With the new AMD Athlon processor, IBM continues to build on the success we have had with past AMD processors. The new AMD Athlon processor provides superior 3D graphics for web based applications and offers customers greater home office productivity and investment protection.
AMD Athlon™ Awards
The AMD Athlon processor, and systems based on it, have won close to 60 awards worldwide.
AMD Duron Processor Now Shipping
The new AMD Duron processor is specifically designed to provide an optimized solution for value conscious business and home users. The AMD Duron processor is available at speeds of 700, 650 and 600MHz. AMD is shipping the AMD Duron processor to key computer manufacturers worldwide. The formal launch is planned for later in June 2000
About the AMD Athlon Processor
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 architecture, now featuring 256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache; enhanced 3DNow!™ technology with 24 additional instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and 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 and AMD's 0.18 micron copper technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.
About the AMD Duron Processor
The AMD Duron processor is derived from the AMD Athlon™ processor core and features full-speed, on-chip L2 cache memory, a 200MHz front side system bus, and enhanced 3DNow! technology
The 1GHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $990; the 950MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $759; the 900MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $589; the 850MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $507; the 800MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $359; and the 750MHz AMD Athlon processor is priced at $319, each in 1,000-unit quantities. The 700MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $192; the 650MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $154; and the 600MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $112, each in 1,000-unit quantities.
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Note to Editor:
Additional information will be available on Monday morning. David Somo, vice president of marketing, Computation Products Group at AMD, will lead a teleconference. Opening remarks will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer period.
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B-roll footage of interviews with AMD executives, the new product, and the new production facility will also be available via satellite on Monday morning on the following coordinates:
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This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Forward looking statements in this release include the risk that AMD will not be able to produce the new AMD Athlon processor and/or the AMD Duron processor in the volumes and speed grades required by customers on a timely bases, that the AMD Duron processor will not achieve customer and market acceptance, that third parties may not provide timely chipset and motherboard support for the AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors and that OEM partner systems incorporating the AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors may not be released on schedule or at all. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission .