AMD Marks Two-Year Anniversary of AMD Athlon™ Processor with Announcement of 1.1GHz Mobile AMD Athlon™ 4 Processor
--New 1GHz AMD Duron™ processor joins AMD's desktop processor lineup--
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today marked the second anniversary of the award-winning AMD Athlon™ processor by announcing that its new 1.1GHz mobile AMD Athlon 4 and 900MHz mobile AMD Duron™ processors, featuring AMD PowerNow!™ technology, will be used by Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) in its best-selling home and small office notebook, the Compaq Presario 1200 series.
Since the introduction two years ago of the AMD Athlon processor, AMD's unit market share for x86 processors has risen from 12.6 percent in the third quarter of 1999 to more than 22 percent in the second quarter of 2001, according to Mercury Research. AMD, traditionally strong in the retail market, has also experienced significant x86 processor market share gains in the small and medium business, government and education markets. According to Dataquest's latest unit share figures, AMD desktop processors commanded 37 percent of the North American small business market, as well as 32 percent of government and 21 percent of education markets in the first quarter of 2001.
In the second quarter of 2001, AMD had record unit sales of the award-winning AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors, enabling AMD's OEM partners to sell more AMD processor-based systems than ever before in the company's history.
The AMD Athlon processor also achieved widespread industry acclaim. For example, the processor and systems based on it have won more than 90 awards worldwide, including Microprocessor Report's Analyst's Choice Award for Best PC Processor in 2001; PC World's World Class Award, Product of the Year in 2000, and Maximum PC's CPU of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
AMD plans to capitalize on the success of the AMD Athlon processor with today's introduction of three new family members: the 1.1GHz mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor, the 900MHz mobile AMD Duron processor and the 1GHz AMD Duron processor for desktop PCs.
Notebook PCs powered by the new mobile processors will be available from the Compaq Computer Corporation.
Compaq is continuing its commitment to provide home and small office customers a combination of exceptional value and powerful, leading-edge performance with the introduction of Presario 1200 series notebooks powered by the 1.1GHz AMD Athlon 4 and 900MHz mobile AMD Duron processors.
"By combining the sleek all-in-one design of the new Presario 1200 series with the cutting-edge power of the new mobile AMD Athlon 4 and AMD Duron processors, Compaq delivers the performance, design and affordability our customers are looking for," said Lorena Kubera, Director of WW Mobile Product Marketing, Compaq's Access Business Group.
"Our mobile processors' unparalleled power management system allows customers up to 30 percent more computer time with AMD PowerNow! technology before battery recharging," said Pat Moorhead, vice president of Desktop and Mobile Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "In addition, the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor provides the high productivity that a customer using a performance notebook requires, while the mobile AMD Duron processor offers an outstanding combination of performance and features for everyday computing."
The 1GHz AMD Duron processor for desktop PCs is based on the new core codenamed "Morgan." The enhancements to the new AMD Duron processor, which supports the forthcoming Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, means that users can immediately enjoy the benefits of additional multimedia instructions for better performance on photo, music and Internet applications. Like all AMD processors, the new 1GHz AMD Duron processor supports AMD's Socket A platform, a stable infrastructure which can help IT managers lower the cost of ownership.
The Presario 1200 can be purchased through Compaq's "Built for You" kiosks located in participating retailers, through the Web at http://www.athome.compaq.com or by phone at 1-800-888-0220. Other OEMs are expected to announce new mobile AMD processor-based systems at a later date.
AMD is currently shipping AMD Duron processors for desktops to customers and expects system availability later in the third quarter. Widespread availability in U.S. retail channels is expected in conjunction with the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP launch in October.
The 1.1GHz AMD mobile Athlon 4 processor is priced at $425, the 900MHz mobile AMD Duron processor is priced at $130 and
the 1GHz desktop AMD Duron processor is priced at $89, all in 1,000-unit quantities. For complete pricing information, please see www.amd.com.
About the Mobile AMD Athlon™ 4 Processor
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor features a new lower power design for notebook computing, 384 KB of on-chip, full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch (256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128 Kbytes of on-chip level (L1) cache), a superscalar floating-point unit, support for AMD's 3DNow!™ Professional instruction set for enhanced multimedia capabilities, and AMD PowerNow! technology for extended battery life.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor is compatible with AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 200MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus, providing the highest bandwidth available for notebook PCs.
Mobile AMD Athlon 4 processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden,
For additional information about the new 1.1GHz AMD Athlon 4, 900MHz mobile AMD Duron, and 1GHz AMD Duron processor for
desktops, please see www.amd.com.