AMD today celebrates the one-year anniversary of the AMD Opteron(TM) processor, which transformed the enterprise with groundbreaking architecture, world-class 32-bit performance and an ecosystem committed to the development of an industry-standard 64-bit solution. One year ago, AMD introduced the AMD Opteron(TM) processor, the world’s first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture. As a result of overwhelming customer demand, leading OEMs — Fujitsu-Siemens Computer, HP, IBM and Sun — are currently shipping AMD Opteron processor-based systems. More than 250 OS and ISV partners support AMD64 technology including Computer Associates, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, RedHat, Sun, SUSE LINUX and VMware. Enterprise customers in diverse industries such as computer-aided engineering, digital content creation, entertainment, automobile manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and financial services have installed AMD Opteron processor-based systems. Additionally, the AMD Opteron processor has garnered 14 industry awards, including the InfoWorld Readers’ Choice Award for Best Processor/Component and PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award.

AMD today celebrates the one-year anniversary of the AMD Opteron(TM)
processor, which transformed the enterprise with groundbreaking architecture,
world-class 32-bit performance and an ecosystem committed to the development of
an industry-standard 64-bit solution.

One year ago, AMD introduced the AMD Opteron(TM) processor, the world’s first
32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture. As a result of
overwhelming customer demand, leading OEMs — Fujitsu-Siemens Computer, HP, IBM
and Sun — are currently shipping AMD Opteron processor-based systems. More than
250 OS and ISV partners support AMD64 technology including Computer Associates,
IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, RedHat, Sun, SUSE LINUX and VMware. Enterprise customers
in diverse industries such as computer-aided engineering, digital content
creation, entertainment, automobile manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical
and financial services have installed AMD Opteron processor-based systems.
Additionally, the AMD Opteron processor has garnered 14 industry awards,
including the InfoWorld Readers’ Choice Award for Best Processor/Component and
PC Magazine’s Technical Excellence Award.

"Just one year ago, 64-bit computing was an elite class of computing accessible
to only a small percentage of the market. This all changed with AMD64," said
Dirk Meyer, senior vice president, Computation Products Group, AMD. "AMD is
leading the industry to pervasive 64-bit computing with industry-standard AMD64
technology featuring our Direct Connect Architecture — a smart approach to
architectural design that vastly improves overall performance."

"AMD has helped change the industry landscape by establishing the AMD64
technology as the first platform to bring 64-bit computing to the x86
architecture. OEMs who have added AMD Opteron processor-based servers to their
portfolios have expanded their addressable market for the x86 marketplace," said
Vernon Turner, group vice president of Global Enterprise Server Solutions at
IDC. "The AMD Opteron processor gives enterprise customers flexibility and
scalability with the investment protection of an industry-standard server
platform."

"A year ago, we showed the world the best way to get to 64-bit computing was
with the AMD Opteron processor. We have continued to revolutionize the server
market by essentially making 32-bit-only servers obsolete and forcing others to
follow in our lead," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of the
Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD. "AMD has paved our way into the enterprise
with an industry-standard architecture that delivers world-class 32-bit
performance and a simplified path to 64-bit computing."

A true enterprise-class solution

"We chose to expand our product offerings with the AMD Opteron processor because
we recognize the immediate performance advantages in 32-bit environments, which
accelerates ISV adoption and further advances the future of 64-bit ecosystems,"
said James Mouton, vice president, platform division, Industry Standard Servers,
HP. "The ProLiant servers and blades incorporating the AMD technology simply
gives us the ability to offer our customers more performance and more choice."

"As the first OEM to announce support of the AMD Opteron processor and the first
to introduce an AMD Opteron processor-based workstation to the market, IBM has
worked closely with AMD to give customers the flexibility and performance to
power intense computing applications," said Dave Turek, vice president of Deep
Computing at IBM. "As our customers continue to pursue new achievements in
business and science through high-performance computing, we will continue to
work with companies like AMD to offer the choices customers require."

"Increasing customer demand for x86 solutions that are 32-bit and 64-bit
capable, and deliver maximum performance led us to pursue a collaboration with
AMD," said Souheil Saliba, vice president of marketing and strategy, Sun
Microsystems Inc. "With the addition of AMD Opteron processors, we now have a
competitive set of high-performance x86 systems that support the Solaris
Operating System x86 platform, RedHat Linux and SUSE Linux. Our strategic
alliance with AMD and collaboration on future joint technology development will
result in a broad set of enterprise servers based on the AMD Opteron processor."

AMD64: The direct connection to performance

With Direct Connect Architecture, AMD64 offers the enterprise more than just
64-bit extensions. AMD removed the bottleneck of a front-side bus and directly
connected the processors, the memory controller and the I/O, resulting in
improved overall system performance and efficiency. AMD is now positioned to
target the key four-way server market for the data center that withered over the
years. The flexibility of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture uniquely
addresses the complexity and costs of bringing four-way solutions to market.

Also targeting low-power solutions for the data center, the AMD Opteron
processors HE (55 watt) and EE (30 watt) for servers and workstations offer the
most performance per watt of any processor in their class.

Going forward, AMD plans to continue to drive widespread adoption of AMD Opteron
processor-based systems at all levels of enterprise environments — from
high-performance clusters to blade servers. By working with OEM partners to
deliver reliable, secure solutions with industry-leading performance, AMD will
continue its tradition of customer-centric innovation.