January 10, 2005 00:01 ET

AMD Powers Hebei Province, China Long-Distance Education Project; Over 26,000 AMD Processor-Based Systems Implemented in One of the Largest Education Projects of Its Kind




JANUARY 10, 2005 - 00:01 ET

AMD Powers Hebei Province, China Long-Distance
Education Project; Over 26,000 AMD Processor-Based
Systems Implemented in One of the Largest Education
Projects of Its Kind

BEIJING--(CCNMatthews - Jan 10, 2005) -

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Lenovo, Dawning and AMD have
jointly won one of China's most ambitious long-distance education
projects -- the Hebei Long-Distance Education Project. As part of the
win, AMD, Lenovo and Dawning will provide over 26,000 AMD
processor-based systems, including AMD Sempron™ processor-based
Lenovo Qitian M 6200M PCs and AMD Opteron™ processor-based Dawning
Tiankuo A Series i200-A servers, to Hebei Education Bureau.

As a significant part of China's "informatilization" initiative, which
is designed to facilitate more effective communication across the entire
country, long-distance education was selected by China's Central
Government as a way to improve nationwide education. Hebei Province was
chosen to be the demo site for the launch of the long-distance education
program, which began in October 2004.

"AMD is very pleased to contribute to China's education development,
together with Lenovo and Dawning, by supporting long-distance education
in Hebei's rural area. This is a breakthrough for AMD China that
highlights overall momentum for AMD as well as our technically advanced
products," said Karen Guo, corporate vice president of AMD and president
of AMD Greater China. "AMD will help hundreds of thousands of students
improve their education by using our products to enhance their learning
experience. This win is a testament to our commitment to develop the
China market, and highlights our vision of succeeding with local

According to the project's managers, hundreds of networked computer
classrooms will be built. Every computer classroom will deploy one AMD
Opteron processor-based server and 30 desktop PCs. At least 200,000
students will benefit from this project.

"The remote education project is a very important project for both the
Hebei province and the whole country, as the Central Government chooses
Hebei to be the demo site for nationwide remote education. After
thorough-testing and evaluation, we believe AMD processor-based PCs and
servers will provide tremendous benefits to our teachers and students,"
said Mr. Yan Chunlai, assistant supervisor of Hebei Education Bureau.

By implementing AMD Sempron processor-based Lenovo Qitian M 6200 systems
in the Hebei long-distance education project, Lenovo demonstrates its
commitment to China's education. Lenovo is one of the first PC
manufacturers to launch AMD Sempron processor-based systems. The
well-received Lenovo "Yuan Meng" PCs, based on AMD Sempron processors,
offer users in China an opportunity to purchase a PC with performance
and features designed to meet their daily home and business computing

"Dawning and AMD jointly launched an extensive 64-bit computing
marketing campaign in August 2004, and today Dawning's AMD Opteron
processor-based 32- and 64-bit computing server platform has penetrated
several industries including education, government, meteorology,
electricity and commerce," said Mr. Li Jun, president of Dawning. "We
believe we were chosen to support the Hebei long-distance education
project because of our project operation experience, the advanced
technology in our server systems combined with the AMD Opteron processor
and our strong service team."

About Hebei Long-Distance Education Project

The long-distance education initiative for elementary and middle schools
in rural areas is an endeavor of tremendous strategic importance that
focuses on driving the policy of enhancing national strength through
technical and educational advancements and further improving education
and people's standard of living for rural areas. As a pilot province for
the initiative, Hebei will put in place e-education programs in pilot
municipalities including Zhangjiakou, Chengde and Baoding to improve
quality and efficiency of education in the countryside. These programs
are designed to introduce high-quality education resource-based advanced
long-distance education model to drive education balance, bridging the
gap between eastern and western China and enhancing the social and
economic development in rural areas.

About the AMD Sempron™ Processor

The AMD Sempron™ processor family is redefining everyday computing
for today's value-conscious buyers of desktop and notebook PCs. The AMD
Sempron and Mobile AMD Sempron processors are designed to offer
best-in-class performance for the growing segment of PC users who want
more from their PC at home, in the office, or on the go. This
full-featured product line enables performance at the top of its class
on home and business applications.

About the AMD Opteron™ Processor

The world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86
architecture, the AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD64 technology
with Direct Connect Architecture. Direct Connect Architecture helps
eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus by directly
connecting the processors, the memory controller and the I/O to the
central processor unit to enable improved overall system performance and
efficiency. AMD was the first to announce the completion of an x86-based
dual-core processor design and the first to demonstrate an x86-based
dual-core processor for 32- and 64-bit computing. As more solution
providers join the AMD64 ecosystem, the industry is approaching the day
when 32-bit-only systems will become obsolete.

About AMD

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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.
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