March 01, 2005 19:01 ET

AMD Opens New Test, Mark and Pack Manufacturing Facility in Suzhou, China




MARCH 1, 2005 - 19:01 ET

AMD Opens New Test, Mark and Pack Manufacturing
Facility in Suzhou, China

SUZHOU, China--(CCNMatthews - Mar 1, 2005) -

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today officially opened its new microprocessor test, mark
and pack (TMP) facility in Suzhou Industrial Park, China. The new
facility, which began rolling out products last December, occupies
11,000 square meters and is located adjacent to Spansion (China)
Limited's existing Flash memory assembly and TMP building.

AMD has committed to investing a total of US $33.4 million in the TMP
facility through 2009 and has received approval from the Chinese
government for a total investment of up to US $100 million. AMD also
plans to hire approximately 300 new employees to staff the facility
during the next few years.

"Suzhou holds a unique position as one of the key IT manufacturing
centers in China and is a key focal point for our global operations,"
said AMD Chairman, President and CEO, Hector Ruiz. "With software and
silicon driving the modern economy, information technology is providing
the foundation for China's ability to remain one of the world's
brightest lights. At AMD, we are committed to helping China grow in this

"We are pleased to see more Fortune 500 companies such as AMD settle,
and make repeated investment, in Suzhou Industrial Park," said Yang
Jiang Zhong, vice chairman of SIPAC (Suzhou Industrial Park
Administration Committee). "There is an old saying that the Phoenix will
come to settle when you plant phoenix trees. Our effort to improve the
investment environment here is paying off, as we witnessed today with
the opening of AMD's second TMP facility."

"With our new TMP plant now online, a growing number of partners and
customers in China will have greater access to AMD's leading technology
solutions," said Karen Guo, corporate vice president and president of
AMD Greater China. "I'm proud to say that in less than six months, we
were able to go from construction to complete equipment move-in and
pilot operation. This incredible accomplishment was made possible only
through the hard work and dedication of AMD's highly skilled employees
in Suzhou and our partners, all of whom worked tirelessly to bring this
facility online as rapidly as possible."

The new TMP facility will further empower AMD's growth momentum in China
and enhance the company's worldwide growth strategy. Its construction
demonstrates AMD's long-term commitment to China and continues a
strategic focus that started in 1996 when the company began construction
of the adjacent Flash memory assembly and TMP plant. The Flash memory
facility was completed in 1998.

AMD gained significant momentum in 2004 when it strengthened its
relationships with some of China's leading information technology (IT)
companies, established AMD China Co., Ltd., and announced plans to
establish a Greater China headquarters in Beijing. In addition, the AMD
Opteron™ processor-based Dawning4000A supercomputer was ranked the
tenth fastest in the world and was named by China's Science & Technology
Daily newspaper as one of the Top Ten Technology achievements in 2004.
The system was also named a "China Top Ten Technology Advancement" by
China Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Engineering. Also last
year, AMD won China's Science & Technology Daily newspaper 2004 TOP 10
award for leading the IT industry to pervasive 64-bit computing.

The new TMP facility is currently testing, marking and packing seventh
generation products, including AMD Sempron™ processors. AMD plans to
begin moving its eighth-generation microprocessors through the facility
in the second half of 2005.

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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