April 05, 2006 08:01 ET

AMD Opteron™ Processor One of Sun Microsystems' Core Offerings for Next Generation Telecommunications Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Apr 5, 2006) -

Industry-leading telco platform provider Sun draws on the AMD64 Longevity Program to meet needs of a host of telecom customers

At the Embedded Systems Conference this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is showcasing the latest addition to the Sun Netra™ server family, designed to the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) industry specifications for next-generation communication infrastructure. The Sun Netra CP3020 will be available in configurations featuring either a single- or Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, with industry-leading x86 performance-per-watt for servers. Sun's Netra line is designed to deliver telecommunications equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) the highly reliable, high-performance, feature-rich blade platform they have demanded.

"Sun's new ATCA standards-based blade based on the AMD Opteron processor further demonstrates how Sun and AMD have collaborated to deliver power efficient and reliable solutions to customers without compromising performance," said Marty Seyer, senior vice president of Commercial Business and Performance Computing at AMD. "AMD believes AMD64 technology and the AMD Opteron processor will be the industry's default blade architecture, especially for telecom customers. Sun is moving AMD64 technology beyond their innovative Sun Fire™ server and Ultra™ workstation lines into the specialized market of next-generation telecom platforms, an industry that has strict reliability, power, and thermal requirements. AMD is pleased to help provide offerings of blade solutions that provide industry-leading x86 performance-per-watt as well as the performance scalability of native multi-core technology, in systems that meet the stringent reliability requirements of the telecom marketplace."

"Sun is a long-time leader in the telecom market and our new ATCA standards-based Netra product family will re-energize the industry," said Raju Penumatcha, vice president, Network Systems and Networking Scalable Systems Group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "We recognized that in developing a standards-based platform with remarkable innovation, incorporating the AMD Opteron processor in our product line offers customers more choice, value, and innovation."

Sun's Netra family is designed for both density, saving up to 10 inches, or 30% space per rack, and exceptional reliability. The ATCA specification on which the Sun Netra CP3020 is built helps ensure a platform optimized for system modularity and scalability, improved thermal and power management, and support for a number of operating systems including carrier-grade Solaris 10™ and carrier-grade Linux®.

The Sun Netra CP3020 is the first announced Tier One OEM product developed with the AMD64 Longevity Program, providing longer-than-standard processor supply for high-end embedded markets such as telecom, storage, imaging and others.

"Because of AMD's leadership in addressing a key concern of the IT manager - scaling performance within a manageable power envelope - AMD is expanding into enterprise computing markets like telco and storage. What's more, AMD listens to the unique business requirements of our customers," said Seyer. "Our AMD64 Longevity Program is one more example of our commitment to the customer and delivering the solutions they need to achieve success."

About ATCA

AdvancedTCA is a new series of PICMG specifications, targeted to requirements for the next generation of carrier grade communications equipment. This series of specifications incorporates the latest trends in high speed interconnect technologies, next generation processors and improved reliability, manageability and serviceability.

About the AMD64 Longevity Program

The AMD64 Longevity Program is designed to allow customers designing high-end embedded products such as network, storage, blade and telecommunications servers; digital imaging; and military and industrial controls systems, to have processor availability for a minimum of five years. These markets have lengthy design and qualification cycles and longer life spans in the marketplace than typical mainstream computing products.

About the AMD Opteron Processor

Today, 90 percent of the top 100 of the Forbes Global 2000 companies or their subsidiaries rely on AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems. Single- and Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver the highest performance and performance-per-watt in the market because they are built on AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture, innovated to reduce bottlenecks inherent in traditional front-side bus architectures and enable a more efficient approach to computing.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative microprocessor solutions for computing, communications and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1969, AMD is dedicated to delivering superior computing solutions based on customer needs that empower users worldwide. For more information visit

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, Sun Fire, Sun Ultra and Netra are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AdvancedTCA is a trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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