AMD Expands AMD Developer Center Support Services and Infrastructure
-AMD Responds to Demand for AMD64 Technology-Based Test and Development Environment for Beta 64-bit Windows and Upcoming Platform Code Named “Longhorn”-
LOS ANGELES, CA --
At the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced expanded developer support services, including additional test and development server infrastructure at its Sunnyvale-based AMD Developer Center. Due to significant worldwide partner and developer requests for AMD64 development and test environments, AMD enhanced both in-lab and “virtually there” development using secure VPN and Remote Desktop Terminal Services. Platforms supported include the beta of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems, the beta of Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems and the next version of Windows, code named “Longhorn”.
AMD added additional servers based on AMD Opteron™ processor Models 246 and 846, and desktop clients based on the recently launched AMD Athlon™ 64 processor for partners to use in development and testing.
The AMD Developer Center is designed to provide hardware and software developers with global, 24-hour secure access to AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron processor-based systems running beta versions of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems. By using the AMD Developer Center, developers should also be able to expedite 64-bit porting and optimization of device drivers using the beta versions of the Windows operating systems for 64-bit extended systems.
“Developers immediately recognized the benefits of developing on Windows for 64-Bit Extended Systems, including uncompromised 32-bit application performance and the ability to address more than four gigabytes of memory for native 64-bit applications,” said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. “Our software partners whose applications handle large data sets, such as database engines, or process complex graphic images, such as games, video editing, and 3-D graphics creation, have already made amazing development progress.”
“Our customers have asked for the ability to run existing 32-bit Windows-based applications, while also scaling to the power of 64-bit computing,” said Brad Goldberg, General Manager of Windows Client Product Management, Microsoft Corp. “With Microsoft Windows on Windows 64 (WOW64) technology for 64-bit extended systems, customers can run most 32-bit applications on 64-bit Windows operating systems without a loss of performance, helping protect their current and future technology investments.”
“AMD64 processors do a yeoman’s job with existing 32-bit software, but need 64-bit native adaptations to deliver their maximum benefit,” commented Nathan Brookwood, Principal Analyst at Insight 64. “By expanding its developer services at its Sunnyvale Developer Center, AMD makes it easier for ISVs to create the 64-bit applications the company needs to drive its growth in server, desktop and mobile markets.”
In addition to development for 64-bit applications, developers will be able to test 32-bit applications under the Windows on Windows 64 subsystem. Application developers will be able to verify compatibility and optimize 32-bit applications to take advantage of additional technical resources provided in the beta 64-bit operating system.
More information about the support and services provided at the AMD Developer Center is available at www.developwithamd.com/devcenter
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