March 30, 2005 00:01 ET

AMD Unveils Virtualization Platform; AMD To Deliver ``Pacifica'' Specification to AMD64 Technology Product Family, Further Advancing The Pace of Virtualization Developments




MARCH 30, 2005 - 00:01 ET

AMD Unveils Virtualization Platform; AMD To Deliver
``Pacifica'' Specification to AMD64 Technology Product
Family, Further Advancing The Pace of Virtualization

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 30, 2005) -

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today for the first time publicly disclosed key elements
of its "Pacifica" virtualization technology, at the AMD Reviewer's Day
in Austin, Texas. "Pacifica" will help extend AMD's technology
leadership when it brings to market technology that is designed to
enhance 64-bit server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers,
desktops and mobile computers.

"AMD has taken an inclusive approach to Pacifica by previewing it to the
virtualization ISV and analyst community. This ongoing collaboration,
including today's disclosure, will ultimately provide 'Pacifica' users
with an even richer feature set and a higher performance model for
hosting hypervisor-based virtualization solutions," said Marty Seyer,
vice president and general manager of the Microprocessor Business Unit,
Computation Products Group, AMD. "By enhancing virtualization at the
processor level, and building on the success of industry-leading AMD64
technology, we believe that 'Pacifica' is vital to the development of
best-in-class virtualization solutions."

"Pacifica" will extend AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture
to enhance the virtualization experience by introducing a new model and
features into the processor and memory controller. Designed to enhance
and extend traditional software-only based virtualization approaches,
these new features will help reduce complexity and increase security of
new virtualization solutions, while protecting IT investments through
backward compatibility with existing virtualization software.

By enabling a platform to efficiently run multiple operating systems and
applications in independent partitions, essentially allowing one compute
system to function as multiple "virtual" systems, "Pacifica" is designed
to provide foundation technologies to deliver IT resource utilization
advantages through server consolidation, legacy migration and increased
security. Information about "Pacifica" is immediately available at

AMD's commitment to provide the industry with superior technology to
enable virtualization solutions is demonstrated through strategic
alliances with partners including Microsoft, VMware and XenSource.

"Businesses and consumers have rapidly adopted Microsoft's Virtual PC
2004 and Virtual Server 2005 for scenarios ranging from development and
test simulation to production server consolidation," said Rob Short,
corporate vice president, Windows® Division at Microsoft Corp. "We are
excited about AMD's focus on enabling technologies such as 'Pacifica,'
and are working with them and other partners to ensure our software
virtualization solutions for the Windows platform will leverage these
underlying hardware advancements. Processor virtualization extensions
are an important building block for future virtual machine solutions on
the Windows platform."

"Leveraging seven years of technology innovation and leadership in
virtualization, VMware today delivers production-ready virtual
infrastructure products for AMD Opteron™ processor-based servers and
AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based desktops," said Paul Chan, vice
president of Research and Development, VMware. "We're pleased to
continue collaborating with AMD on virtualization technologies such as
'Pacifica' to optimize future AMD64 technologies for our products and
further expand the deployment of virtualization in the data center."

Today's disclosure about "Pacifica" precedes the general availability of
the "Pacifica" specification, which is planned for April, 2005.
"Pacifica," which will provide users with hardware support to better
enhance the flexibility and performance of current solutions, is planned
to be available in both client and server processors from AMD in the
first half of 2006. Feature enhancements are also planned for future
single-core and dual-core AMD64 processors to further leverage the
performance of 64-bit virtualization software.

About the AMD Opteron™ Processor

More than 40 percent of the Forbes Global 100 companies or their
affiliates, representing the world's most competitive industries, have
implemented servers and workstations based on the AMD Opteron processor,
the world's first x86-based processor to deliver both 32- and 64-bit

The AMD Opteron processor, based on AMD64 technology with Direct Connect
Architecture, made history as the industry's first demonstration of
multi-core, x86 processor. Direct Connect Architecture connects multiple
processors, the memory controller and the I/O directly to the central
processor unit, helping to eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a
front-side bus. The AMD Opteron #25054 processor currently provides
industry-leading performance-per-watt, a position AMD plans to extend
with the launch of dual-core AMD Opteron processors in mid-2005.

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.
For more information visit

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