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 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. Today’s disclosure about “Pacifica” precedes
the general availability of the “Pacifica” specification, planned for April,
2005. “Pacifica,” 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.

See also AMD Desktop
CPUs Roadmap Update

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 www.amd.com/enterprise.

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, 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.

See also AMD Desktop
CPUs Roadmap Update