Press release:  AMD Opteron" Processors Power New Line Of IBM Workstations

Date : 2004-03-17

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- March 16, 2004 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Opteron" processor will power a new line of workstations from IBM, the IntelliStation A Pro. Once again joining AMD in leading the charge for simultaneous 32-bit/64-bit computing, IBM now offers customers the power to choose the dependable, industry-leading performance of AMD Opteron processors in a range of systems from supercomputers to workstations.

IBMs newest family of workstations parlays the high-performance features of the AMD Opteron processor into an ideal solution for the demanding applications of the workstation market, including financial modeling, digital-content creation and computer-aided engineering and design.

With the AMD Opteron processor, the IBM IntelliStation A Pro gives workstation users the power to handle demanding applications such as computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE), petroleum exploration and production, drug discovery, digital-content creation and financial analysis, said Bob Lenard, director, IBM IntelliStation products. Additionally, with AMD64 technology, our customers are getting the scalability of 64-bit computing without sacrificing compatibility and performance for existing 32-bit applications.

AMD continues to unify the industry around pervasive 64-bit computing, said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMDs Microprocessor Business Unit. IBM has been a part of this transformation from the beginning. Today, they are extending the reach of 64-bit performance into their workstation portfolio with the AMD Opteron processor-based IBM IntelliStation A Pro. This system gives digital-content creators the artistic freedom to capture and create audio, video and multimedia files along with the control to edit and distribute those same files.

Designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for todays most demanding enterprise applications, the AMD Opteron processor has been adopted by top OEMs in the server and workstation market, including IBM for both servers and workstations. The AMD Opteron processor is the ideal solution for workstation software such as CAD, CAE, mechanical design, simulations, visualizations, digital-content creation, software development and financial modeling. These applications can also benefit from the fast floating-point performance and large 64-bit memory capabilities supported by the AMD Opteron processor.

About the AMD Opteron" Processor
Based on the AMD64 architecture, the industrys first 64-bit, x86 technology implementation, the AMD Opteron processor offers industry-leading performance, reliable security and the assurance of investment protection. Only processors based on AMD64 deliver 32-bit performance with the capability to seamlessly transition to 64-bit computing. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport" technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.

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