March 09, 2005 00:01 ET

AMD Announces Broad Vendor Support for Upcoming Dual-Core Solutions




MARCH 9, 2005 - 00:01 ET

AMD Announces Broad Vendor Support for Upcoming
Dual-Core Solutions

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 8, 2005) -

--Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems driving industry to
dual core by readying operating systems to support future AMD64
dual-core products--

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that the industry's leading operating
system vendors are preparing their respective operating systems to
support the upcoming introduction of AMD64 dual-core products.

All the leading operating systems currently available today are expected
to have versions of their software that will immediately work
out-of-the-box with the planned launch of the dual-core AMD Opteron™
processor with Direct Connect Architecture in mid-2005. These operating
systems include Microsoft® Windows®, Novell and Red Hat Enterprise
Linux distributions, and Sun Microsystems' Solaris 10. Some of the
operating systems will include optimizations that specifically enable
applications to take even greater advantage of AMD64 multi-core
capabilities, providing improved performance across a range of

"With our upcoming AMD64 dual-core processors, AMD yet again will
deliver a technology that customers demand and, unlike competing
architectures, is doing so in a way that makes it incredibly easy and
non-disruptive for them to implement," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice
president and general manager of Microprocessor Business Unit,
Computation Products Group, AMD. "Designed from the ground up to support
multi-core capability, AMD64 dual-core processors will be uniquely
compatible with, and upgradeable from, our single-core processors today.
This support from our OS partners underscores the simplicity of
migrating to AMD64 dual core."

"Customers want to be able to take advantage of innovative technologies,
such as AMD64-based systems and dual-core processors, in a
cost-effective manner," said Bob Kelly, general manager of Windows
Server Group, Microsoft Corporation. "Working with partners such as AMD,
Microsoft consistently delivers to the Windows platform customers the
best price/performance in the industry. Based on industry benchmarks,
the Windows platform has delivered a 200x performance improvement at
1/17th the cost during the past seven years. The combination of Windows
Server 2003 x64 Editions and upcoming AMD64 multi-core processors will
continue to drive even better performance, giving customers the ability
to get more value out of their 32-bit and 64-bit applications."

"Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 empowers businesses by
delivering a scalable, high-performance foundation for secure enterprise
computing," said Markus Rex, vice president and general manager for SUSE
LINUX in Novell. "Novell has taken a lead in optimizing Linux for AMD64
dual-core technology and our current version of enterprise Linux is
ready today with this support."

"Our latest release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, is focused on
delivering unprecedented levels of performance, scalability, security
and platform stability," said Brian Stevens, vice president of Operating
Systems Engineering at Red Hat. "Our first planned upgrade to this
distribution will further enhance the user experience by leveraging the
muscle of AMD64 dual-core technology. This upgrade is scheduled to be
available when AMD releases its dual-core AMD Opteron processors."

"Solaris 10 is a recognized leader in SMP support and is uniquely
positioned to harness the power of AMD64 multi-core technology," said
Tom Goguen, vice president, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems,
Inc. "Sun supports AMD and stands behind its approach to license
software by the processor -- not by the core."

AMD has consistently recommended that software vendors license their
applications and operating systems by the processor, not by the number
of processor cores. This is a customer-centric approach that will help
facilitate the broad adoption of multi-core technology, enabling users
to easily and economically migrate to multi-core computing from their
current single-core systems.

AMD's leadership with multi-core processors follows the company's
success with 64-bit computing. Both innovations illustrate the strategic
focus to solve customer challenges while also providing technology
breakthroughs to fuel the possibilities of tomorrow. AMD's approach to
putting multiple cores on a single processor is based on an evolutionary
next step that magnifies the architectural benefits of AMD's current
single-core processors.

AMD's Direct Connect Architecture, which directly links processors to
memory, I/O and cache, helps eliminate traditional bottlenecks and
greatly reduces the memory latency. Now AMD is directly connecting two
cores on a single processor. With multi-core processors seamlessly
sharing the memory controller, AMD's multi-core processors can generate
a measurable performance boost due to the architecture. AMD64 technology
also will give AMD multi-core processors greater speed and memory
accessibility in either 32-bit or 64-bit environments.

AMD plans to introduce its dual-core AMD Opteron processor in mid-2005,
followed by dual-core client processors beginning in the second half of

OS Dual-Core Support

Operating System Planned Availability Date
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Microsoft® Windows® Server Now
(2000 and above)
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Microsoft Windows XP Professional Now
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Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Now
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 1 Spring 2005
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Solaris 10 Now
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SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 Now
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SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 Service Now
Pack 1
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About AMD64

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 is also
designed to enhance the security of your computing environment by
integrating Enhanced Virus Protection technology enabled by advanced
anti-virus features in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and the upcoming
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1.

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 70
awards for innovation and performance and the support of more than 2,000
OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders, and

About AMD

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.
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Cautionary Statement

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 uncertainties that could
cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.
Risks include the possibility that the company will not achieve its
current product introduction schedules for its upcoming dual-core AMD64
processors, and that customer adoption and infrastructure support of
dual-core AMD64 processors will not occur as expected. We urge investors
to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's
Securities and Exchange Commission filings including, but not limited
to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2004.

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Contact Information

    AMD, Sunnyvale
    Catherine Abbinanti, 512-602-2292 (PR)
    Mike Haase, 408-749-3124 (IR)