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Leading Software Vendors Endorse AMD64 Multi-Core Technology after AMD's Demonstration of Industry's First X86 Dual-Core Processors
[September 07, 2004]

Leading Software Vendors Endorse AMD64 Multi-Core Technology after AMD's Demonstration of Industry's First X86 Dual-Core Processors

SUNNYVALE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 7, 2004 -- AMD Recommends ISVs License Software Applications by Socket

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced software support from Novell, Red Hat and Sun for AMD64 multi-core technology and recommended ISVs license software applications by socket. This follows a recent demonstration of the industry's first x86 dual-core processor last week at AMD's Austin facilities where four x86-based dual-core AMD Opteron(TM) processors powered an HP ProLiant DL585 server.



The upcoming dual-core AMD64 processors are designed to run with current versions of Linux, Solaris and Windows(R) as well as existing x86- and AMD64-based applications without requiring any software modifications. This follows the AMD customer-centric approach of safeguarding software investments while delivering industry-leading processor innovation.

"AMD continues to innovate within the industry standard, putting the power of choice in the hands of the customer," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit in the AMD Computation Products Group. "Just like AMD's AMD64 innovation that offers the least disruptive path to 64-bit computing, we are continuing this approach with multi-core technology that is designed to minimize the impact to our hardware and software partners. AMD's customer-centric approach will enable the hundreds of ISVs who are part of the AMD64 ecosystem to take advantage of the performance benefits of dual-core processors without writing additional code."


Based on feedback from customers and partners, AMD is providing industry-thought leadership by recommending software developers consider licensing their software by socket and schedule threads by available cores. This recommendation mirrors the software-licensing model that the industry has established for simultaneous multi-threaded (SMT) processors and will allow existing x86 software to run on dual-core processors without having to make changes.

Industry analysts agree. "Gartner recommends that users attempt to negotiate software licenses counting a single-chip device as one processor, no matter how many cores it carries," said Martin Reynolds, Gartner Fellow, Gartner, Inc.

Dual-core AMD Opteron processors are scheduled to be available in mid-2005. Servers and workstations based on dual-core AMD Opteron processors are expected to more efficiently support the demands of multi-threaded applications. When AMD dual-core processors become available for client platforms, expected in the second half of 2005, multi-threaded operating systems such as Linux, Solaris and Windows will be able to more efficiently handle the simultaneous administration of single-threaded applications typically found in notebook and desktop computing environments.

Industry support

In anticipation of the availability of AMD64 dual-core processors, AMD has been working closely with key ISVs to help ensure compatibility with the AMD64 multi-core technology.

"AMD's multi-core technology will provide an efficient, scalable, well-performing basis for today's most demanding applications," said Holger Dyroff, vice president, Product Management SUSE LINUX at Novell. "As the market leader in 64-bit Linux technology, Novell's SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server is the right platform to benefit from the advantages of AMD's multi-core technology and we are pleased to announce our support for this innovative technology."

"Each organization is unique and when building open source architectures flexibility and choice are key," said Deb Woods, vice president of Product Management at Red Hat. "Red Hat is pleased to announce our intent to support this innovative technology."

"The Solaris OS has unmatched experience in working with multiple-core processors and multi-threaded applications," said Glenn Weinberg, vice president, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun is pleased to join AMD in taking the lead to bring dual-core technology to the x86 market and proactively addressing the software licensing issues. We are in full support of AMD's recommendation for ISVs and we intend to license the Solaris OS by the socket on platforms with multiple-core processors."

About AMD64

AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to support the demanding 64-bit environment that will enable future generations of computer functionality and productivity. 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. 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(R) 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(TM) processor for servers and workstations and the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processors for desktop and notebook computers have earned more than 55 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 www.amd.com.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Risks include the possibility that the company will not achieve its current product and technology introduction schedules; that adoption of AMD64 products, including upcoming dual-core processors, by tier-one OEMs and other customers will not occur as expected; that solutions providers will not timely provide the infrastructure, including operating systems and applications, to support the company's AMD64 technology; and that Intel Corporation's pricing, marketing programs, product bundling, new product introductions or other activities targeting the company's processor business will adversely affect the company's sales plans. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2003, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2004.

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