September 20, 2005 13:14 ET

AMD Announces Dates, Speakers and Agenda for the First AMD Global Vision Conference; Event to Feature Analysis, Commentary and Forecasts from Top Business and Technology Thought Leaders

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 20, 2005) -

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced dates and the final agenda for the long-anticipated Global Vision Conference -- the first event of its kind in which senior business leaders and technology visionaries from around the world come together to discuss the role technology plays in modern society and how technological trends are likely to evolve over the next decade.

The invitation-only event is scheduled for October 5 - 7, 2005 in Miami Beach, FL, and will feature addresses and panel discussions by some of the world's most respected names in business and technology: Dreamworks founder and CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, will deliver the keynote address; and Technology visionaries Paul Saffo, director and Roy Amara fellow, Institute for the Future, and Dr. Allen Hammond, vice president for innovation and special projects at the World Resources Institute, will each serve as moderator for a day and will lead several discussions.

"This is a unique conference," Saffo said. "It is a forum for the AMD community to consider not just immediate technology trends and their business impacts, but also to explore the larger, longer-term surprises that technological innovation presents for society at large."

"Our customers and partners are interested in two things -- innovation and societal impact," said Hector Ruiz, chairman, president and CEO of AMD. "By gathering this elite audience together, we hope to not only offer insight on new technologies and best practices, but also to provide new ideas for new technologies that can have a positive effect on the world."

In addition to addresses from Katzenberg, Saffo, Hammond and Ruiz, the Global Vision Conference will feature insights and observations from some of the world's most respected technologists, business strategists, analysts, broadcast personalities and artists, including:

-- Dave Alles, eHome, Microsoft Corporation

-- Johan Bruyneel, Director Sportif, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team

-- Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group

-- Chris Fowler, ESPN Anchor/Host

-- Jaron Lanier, Computer Scientist, Composer, Artist, Author

-- John Manferdelli, General Manager, Office of Chief Technology Officer

-- Microsoft

-- Bob Lambert, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media Technology and Development, Walt Disney Company

-- Michael W. Reene, Chief Strategy Officer, ChoicePoint

-- Henri Richard, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, AMD

-- Paul Stich, President and CEO, Counterpane Internet Security

Although the first day of the conference will focus primarily on building business strategies around innovative technology, day two will feature an analysis of the business opportunities and challenges companies face in providing technology to people in developing markets around the world.

"Bringing technology to bear on the problems of low-income communities is fast becoming a key area of focus for business leaders around the world, but they need a model to follow," Hammond said. "Through its 50x15 initiative, AMD is steadfastly moving the industry toward a new approach, one designed specifically to understand and address the needs of people in emerging markets. All of this and more will form the basis for our examination of the role technology can play in helping people in emerging markets and how the entire world stands to benefit."

The conference comprises seven panel discussions, including:

-- The Innovation Panel -- The top indications of where currents trends in technology are leading us. (Moderator - Paul Saffo).

-- Why Your Kids are Smarter Than You -- How children use technology in surprising and unpredictable ways. (Speaker: Bob Lambert, senior vice president, Worldwide Media Technology and Development, Disney Company)

-- Security: Opportunity or Hindrance -- How increased government restrictions can enhance or hinder technology development. (Moderator - Paul Saffo).

-- The New Digital Home -- What does the digital home look like today and how will that picture change over the next decade? (Moderator - Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group).

-- Technology in Sports -- Technology as a training and policing tool in the world of sports. (Moderator - Chris Fowler, ESPN)

-- Tomorrow's Markets: The Opportunity and the Challenge -- A realistic evaluation of markets in developing regions of the world. (Moderator - Dr. Allen Hammond).

-- Tomorrow's Markets: The Social Impact of Technology -- Why people in emerging markets want technology, how they are using it to meet their most critical needs, and what this means for the global population and economy. (Moderator - Dr. Allen Hammond).

Response has been overwhelming as senior representatives from more than 50 industry leading companies have confirmed their plans to attend. Demographics cover a wide spectrum of professions and industries, signifying the profound impact technology has on our world. These include representatives from the technology, music, film, banking and finance, consumer retail, security, defense aerospace and sports industries.

Global Vision Conference sponsors include: EDS/Sun Alliance, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat and Novell.

More information about AMD's Global Vision Conference 2005, including a full agenda and speaker biographies, can be accessed by visiting the official conference web site at

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