March 16, 2005 00:01 ET

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Honors AMD with ENERGY STAR Certificate for Innovative Cool'n'Quiet Technology




MARCH 16, 2005 - 00:01 ET

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Honors AMD with
ENERGY STAR Certificate for Innovative Cool'n'Quiet

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Mar 16, 2005) -

Environmentally Conscious Consumers Can Experience Energy-Efficiency
Improvements up to 28 Percent

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) awarded AMD's Cool'n'Quiet™ technology with an ENERGY
STAR® Certificate of Recognition for advancing computer energy
efficiency. All AMD Athlon™ 64 desktop processors have the innovative
Cool'n'Quiet technology, a system-level feature that lowers the power
consumption of a computer whenever maximum performance is not needed.
AMD received the certificate on March 15 in conjunction with the 2005
ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The EPA recognized AMD for significantly advancing energy efficiency in
desktop PCs. AMD demonstrated to the EPA power savings of up to 35 watts
per computer, depending on the application in use, in comparison tests
with PCs not supporting AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology. By optimizing
power consumption, Cool'n'Quiet technology not only works to benefit the
environment, but consumers' energy bills as well.

"The ENERGY STAR award for Cool'n'Quiet technology once again
demonstrates the value of AMD's commitment to developing
customer-centric innovations that truly make a difference in people's
lives," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager
of the Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD.
"While demand for faster processors may increase power consumption, heat
and noise, power management solutions such as AMD's Cool'n'Quiet
technology allow consumers to make smarter choices, saving money and
energy, while contributing to an improved global environment."

Energy efficiency means delivering the same service or operations with
less energy. Its benefits extend to the environment, the consumer's
pocketbook and the value proposition offered to business customers who
use many PCs. Energy-efficient computers consume less power, give off
less heat, exert less strain on cooling systems and can result in a
quieter work environment.

"Innovative processor advancements such as AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology
significantly improve power management features, making them more
reliable, dependable and user-friendly than even just a few years ago,"
said Craig Hershberg, product manager for Office Equipment and Consumer
Electronics, U.S. EPA. "In AMD's tests, Cool'n'Quiet showed a
significant decrease in power consumption resulting in energy efficiency
improvements up to 28 percent, making it an ideal candidate for the
ENERGY STAR Certificate of Recognition."

AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology effectively lowers power consumption,
enabling a quieter-running system while delivering performance on demand
for the ultimate computing experience. Cool'n'Quiet technology improves
a computer's energy efficiency by matching processor utilization to the
performance actually required. Because common PC programs such as word
processing and reading email only require minimal processor utilization,
while cinematic games, complex calculations or data encoding require
higher utilization, Cool'n'Quiet technology adjusts accordingly to
leverage system energy efficiency. By reducing the frequency and voltage
of the microprocessor, Cool'n'Quiet technology enables overall lower
system and processor power consumption.

AMD has been a leader in bringing power-management features to
businesses and consumers, first with AMD PowerNow!™ technology in our
mobile processors and following with Cool'n'Quiet technology in AMD
Athlon 64 desktop processors. In addition, AMD recently announced that
the enterprise-class AMD Opteron™ processor family will include AMD
PowerNow! technology with Optimized Power Management (OPM) in the first
half of 2005.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established ENERGY STAR in 1992
as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce air pollution by
giving consumers simple energy-efficient choices. Today, with assistance
from the U.S. Department of Energy, the ENERGY STAR program offers
businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy and
money, and help protect the environment for future generations. More
than 8,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are
committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and
businesses. ENERGY STAR continues to build awareness internationally
through its partnerships with the European Community (EU), Japan,
Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. For more information about
ENERGY STAR, call 1-888-STAR-YES or visit

About AMD64

AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to support
the demanding 64-bit environment and enables next-generation
functionality and productivity today. 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. Designed from the ground up to
support multi-core capability, future AMD64 dual-core processors will
amplify the elegance and power of AMD's current single-core solutions.
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 80 awards for innovation and performance and the support of
more than 2,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders,
and distributors.

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

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon, and combinations
thereof, Cool'n'Quiet and AMD PowerNow! are trademarks of Advanced Micro
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