Press release: AMD INTRODUCES AMD Athlon(tm) 4, World's highest-performance mobile PC
Date : 2001-05-15
SUNNYVALE, CA-MAY 14, 2001-AMD today announced two new mobile processors
primed with industry-leading features, the mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 4 targeted
for the performance space, and the new mobile AMD Duron(tm) processor for
value-conscious buyers. Both processors deliver performance that is the
highest in the mobile PC industry for their respective market segments.
Compaq Computer Corporation has also announced the availability of a 1GHz
AMD Athlon 4 processor in its Compaq Presario 1200 notebook series.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor and the new mobile AMD Duron processor
each feature the innovative AMD PowerNow!(tm) technology, which provides up
to 30 percent more battery life without compromising performance.
"AMD is establishing itself in the mobile market with compelling offerings
for both performance and value mobile computing," said Dirk Meyer, group
vice president, Computation Products Group, AMD. "Our new mobile AMD Athlon
4 and new mobile AMD Duron processors have been designed with features
specific to the mobile market, and like all of our processors, are designed
to support existing Socket A platform architecture. Socket A is synonymous
with stability and reliability, and provides a cost-effective migration to
the latest technology for both commercial and consumer users."
"Our AMD PowerNow! technology for notebooks blasts past the competition\'s
battery power management implementation by using a sophisticated technology
to save power and increase performance," said Pat Moorhead, vice president
of desktop and mobile marketing for AMD\'s Computation Products Group.
PowerNow! technology not only enables notebooks to run cooler and quieter,
but also it offers extended battery life and up to 50 percent more
performance than competitive systems running on batteries. And our newest
products, the mobile AMD Athlon 4 and new mobile AMD Duron processors, offer
smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an
enriched Web experience, thanks to our new 3DNow!* Professional technology."
"Higher-performance notebooks can return both a longer useful life and
greater productivity to their users, and can deliver real value to users who
would otherwise require a desktop," said Martin Reynolds, research fellow at
Gartner Dataquest. "Thermal management and battery life are also critical
attributes that, to hit the mainstream market, must not be compromised."
Compaq Computer Corporation will offer notebooks powered by the mobile AMD
Athlon 4 processor immediately through retail configure-to-order kiosks, the
Compaq Web site, and a toll-free number. Compaq plans to offer models
featuring the new mobile AMD Duron processor later in the year.
"HP was among the first PC manufacturers to support and incorporate AMD\'s
processors into our computing solutions," said Hilary Glann, worldwide
marketing director, HP Mobile Computing Division. "The introduction of AMD\'s
newest mobile processors will offer notebook PC customers a broader range of
value and performance options for their anytime, anywhere mobile computing
Home Shopping Network debuted notebook computers featuring the 1GHz mobile
AMD Athlon 4 processor in the Compaq Presario series on Saturday, May 12.
"We were excited to offer everyone their first opportunity to purchase the
new AMD Athlon 4 processor combined with the battery-saving AMD PowerNow!
technology and other exciting mobile computing features," said Jeff
Taraschi, executive vice president of Merchandising for HSN.
The 1GHz, 950MHz, 900MHz and 850MHz mobile AMD Athlon 4 processors
are priced at $425, $350, $270 and $240, respectively, and the 850MHz and
800MHz new mobile AMD Duron processors are priced at $197 and $170,
respectively, each in 1,000-unit quantities.
About the Mobile AMD Athlon(tm) 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 instructions 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, Germany.
About the Mobile AMD Duron(tm) Processor
The new mobile AMD Duron processor is designed to provide an
optimized solution for value-conscious business and home users. Employing an
innovative design, the new mobile AMD Duron processor features AMD PowerNow!
technology, a sophisticated cache architecture with 192KB of total on-chip
cache and data pre-fetch, a high-speed 200MHz front-side bus, and a
superscalar floating point unit with support for AMD\'s 3DNow! Professional
The new mobile AMD Duron processor offers value-conscious buyers access to
technology and performance that stands out among other processors in its
class. It reflects AMD\'s 30 years of design and manufacturing expertise and
sales of more than 150 million PC processors.
The new mobile AMD Duron processors are manufactured on AMD\'s 0.18 micron
copper process technology in Fab 30, Dresden, Germany.
About AMD PowerNow!* Technology
AMD PowerNow! technology can significantly extend the battery life
of notebook PCs by up to 30 percent while providing performance on demand
and enabling a cooler and quieter-running notebook computing experience. AMD
PowerNow! technology is a combination of software and hardware support that
allows the processor to run at different frequencies and voltages based on
user preference or application demand.
A simple Windows® control panel interface allows the user to select
between three modes of system operation:
* AMD PowerNow! technology provides a unique "automatic" mode
that allows the system to determine the appropriate level of power and
performance based on application demand, delivering the best of both
worlds-extended battery life with no compromise in performance.
* In the high-performance mode the CPU always runs at maximum
* In battery-saver mode the CPU always runs in its lowest
power state, enabling the longest system battery life.
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 $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).
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 the current plans of computer manufacturers to offer PCs based on
the mobile AMD Athlon 4 and/or new mobile AMD Duron processors will change.
We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the
Company\'s filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.
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