AMD announced today broad software developer support for its upcoming four-core, multi-socket enthusiast platform, codenamed 4×4. Leading software developers including Bioware, Cakewalk, Crytek, Havok, Irrational Games, Midway, NERO and Sony have been working on software applications and games to take advantage of multi-core processors and benefit from AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture. Multi-threaded games are among the first applications to see immediate advantages from using multi-socket, multi-threaded architectures like the upcoming 4×4 enthusiast platform and make exceptional demonstrations for new PC technologies. The planned AMD enthusiast architecture would help developers bring the limits of imagination to reality: massive symmetric multi-processing, extreme multi-tasking, AI, jaw-dropping game play, enhanced physics, immersive 3D and cinematic visuals.

AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today broad software developer support for its
upcoming four-core, multi-socket enthusiast platform, codenamed 4×4. Leading
software developers including Bioware, Cakewalk, Crytek, Havok, Irrational
Games, Midway, NERO and Sony have been working on software applications and
games to take advantage of multi-core processors and benefit from AMD’s Direct
Connect Architecture.

“We’re looking at a decidedly multi-core processor, multi-threaded application
future for the PC industry,” said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop
Business, AMD. “AMD has planned this enthusiast platform so that software
developers can design outstanding multi-threaded applications for consumers who
demand the very best immersive computing experience.”

Multi-threaded games are among the first applications to see immediate
advantages from using multi-socket, multi-threaded architectures like the
upcoming 4×4 enthusiast platform and make exceptional demonstrations for new PC
technologies.

“With Crysis, our flagship title, we are pushing the boundaries of game-physics,
intelligent combat AI and cinematic visuals,” said Cevat Yerli, President and
CEO, Crytek. “Crysis will be an experience culminated in next-generation
hardware when utilized with a multi-core system like AMD’s highly anticipated
4×4 enthusiast platform.”

While games tend to dominate the headlines when talking about powerful, new
enthusiast driven products, the introduction of a desktop multi-socket platform
should also provide digital media developers and clients a feature rich solution
to fit their needs.

"AMD’s combination of HyperTransportTM technology and an integrated memory
controller gives us the bandwidth we need to see impressive performance scaling
on multi-core systems," said Curtis Palmer, senior vice president, chief
technologist, Sony Media Software. "Because of Direct Connect Architecture, an
AMD 4-core, multi-socket solution should help Sony Vegas 6 users edit high
definition video with unparalleled responsiveness and use effects that would
have been unthinkable on earlier hardware."

With an abundance of multi-core applications and games under development,
developers are seeking technology that helps craft their visions, unbound by the
limits of legacy hardware capabilities. The planned AMD enthusiast architecture
would help developers bring the limits of imagination to reality: massive
symmetric multi-processing, extreme multi-tasking, AI, jaw-dropping game play,
enhanced physics, immersive 3D and cinematic visuals.

AMD’s upcoming four-core, multi-socket platform is based on AMD’s Direct Connect
Architecture, which is the next iteration of the enthusiast platform for AMD
Athlon™ 64 FX dual-core processors.