Press release: AMD ANNOUNCES TECHNOLOGY MILESTONE WITH ITS MULTIPLE-CORE STRATEGY
Date : 2004-06-15
First AMD64 dual-core solutions planned to be available in mid-2005
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. June 14, 2004 Today AMD (NYSE: AMD)
announced a technology milestone with the completed design of its AMD64 dual-core processors. AMD plans to deliver high-performance dual-core products to the x86 server market in mid-2005 and introduce dual-core solutions for high-end client PCs in the second half of 2005.
To meet customer and partner needs, AMD has been developing its multi-core processors for several years. Since the AMD64 platform was first discussed publicly in 1999, AMD indicated that its AMD64 technology would support multiple-core processors. As more solution providers join the AMD64 ecosystem, the industry is approaching the day when 32-bit-only systems or 32-bit-only dual-core processors
will become obsolete.
Because AMD has always listened to our customers, we anticipated an
industry shift toward multi-tasking applications requiring the scalability that only 64-bit dual-core processors can provide, said Dirk Meyer, executive vice president,Computation Products Group, AMD. That is why years ago we designed AMD64 technology from the ground up to be optimized for multiple cores.
By collaborating with strong partners like Sun Microsystems , AMD continues to lead technology transitions in the x86 industry like bringing dual-core solutions to market. "Dual-core, industry-standard processors are perhaps the most important direction as customers require the best price-performance in their systems going
forward," said John Fowler, executive vice president of Network Systems, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Since we first carefully reviewed AMD's plans in 2000, we have been impressed with their focus on high-performance, efficient computing and commitment to chip-level multiprocessing."
With an unwavering focus on customer-centric innovation, AMD was the first to present an x86 dual-core strategy and is now the first to announce the completion of an x86 dual-core processor design for 64-bit computing. Also, the upcoming AMD Fab 36 will enable AMD to introduce technologies and products that deliver pervasive 64-bit computing, including multi-core 64-bit computing.
Additionally, AMD is the first and only company currently shipping products that meet customer demands for high-performance, simultaneous x86-based 32- and 64-bit computing. AMD6 4 featuring Direct Connect Architecture helps eliminate bottlenecks and can improve overall system performance and efficiency. AMD was also the first company to implement 64-bit computing and Enhanced Virus protection (enabled by the upcoming Windows® Service Pack 2) in desktop and low-power mobile PC processors.
Enhancements to AMD64 processors will continue with the transition to 90nm manufacturing that began this quarter, providing greater flexibility to boost processor performance and lower power. AMDs manufacturing leadership is further demonstrated by its technology collaboration with IBM, and AMD Fab 36, which is expected to be ready with 65nm manufacturing capability in mid-2005. This will enable AMD to deliver lower-power and higher-performance 65nm products in 2006.
AMD64 is leading the industry transition to pervasive 64-bit computing and its processor roadmap will continue to leverage the efficiency and benefits made possible by AMD64 technology.
AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to support the demanding 64-bit environment that will enable future generations of computer functionality and productivity. AMD designed the AMD64 platform to allow end users to enjoy reliable, best-in-class performance on the 32-bit software they own today while preparing for a seamless transition to high-performance 64-bit applications. The AMD64 architecture also enables a more secure computing environment by integrating technology that can take advantage of advanced anti-virus features in upcoming software.
Since the introduction of the AMD64 architecture in 2003, the AMD Opteron" processor for servers and workstations and the AMD Athlon" 64 processors for desktop and notebook computers have earned more than 45 awards for innovation and performance and the support of more than 1,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders and distributors.
AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash
memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer,
communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information visit www.amd.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current
expectations. Risks include the possibility that demand for the companys current processor product offerings will not increase as anticipated; that the c ompany may not achieve its current product and technology introduction schedules; that the companys transition to 65nm manufacturing processes for its microprocessors will
not occur in the expected time frame and that the company will not recognize the expected benefits from the technology transition; that demand for products planned for introduction in 2006 and beyond will be lower than currently expected and insufficient to fill the capacity planned for AMD Fab 36; that the company will not achieve its c urrent AMD Fab 36 construction, tooling and technology introduction schedules; and that the companys current plans for funding and financing AMD Fab 36 will not be successful. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the companys Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2003, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 28, 2004.
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