Working to free the industry from the constraints of proprietary architectures and making it easier than ever for customers to manage today’s increasingly diverse IT environments, AMD today announced new interoperability testing tools, codenamed “SIMFIRE,” to help speed the adoption of the recently announced Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (“DASH”) specification. Addressing the need to shorten the time between the introduction of a new standard and the availability of interoperable solutions for end users, the new tools from AMD are immediately available to vendors to help accelerate interoperable solutions for DASH — web-services based desktop and mobile client management standards announced last week by the Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (“DMTF”).

Working to free the industry from the constraints of proprietary
architectures and making it easier than ever for customers to manage today’s
increasingly diverse IT environments, AMD (NYSE: AMD – News) today announced new
interoperability testing tools, codenamed “SIMFIRE,” to help speed the adoption
of the recently announced Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware
(“DASH”) specification. Addressing the need to shorten the time between the
introduction of a new standard and the availability of interoperable solutions
for end users, the new tools from AMD are immediately available to vendors to
help accelerate interoperable solutions for DASH — web-services based desktop
and mobile client management standards announced last week by the Distributed
Management Task Force, Inc. (“DMTF”).

“AMD recognizes that management interoperability is a core concern for end
users, and we share our ecosystem partners’ belief that this is best addressed
through open standards like DASH,” said Ben Williams, vice president, Commercial
Strategy and Solutions. “Management interoperability directly addresses the
costs and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for systems to
access and exchange management information across the entire IT infrastructure.
This increases flexibility and choice for our customers, while helping them
lower overall total cost of ownership and more effectively respond to business
needs.”

By enabling vendors to test their management applications and system
implementations for DASH standards, the SIMFIRE tools, which will help
facilitate the availability of interoperable desktop and notebook computers from
multiple vendors, are designed to allow existing IT infrastructures to
seamlessly and predictably manage their hardware assets.

This effort expands AMD’s strategy to leverage an open standards-based approach
to implementing security, virtualization and manageability features in
successive generations of AMD64 technology. An active member of the DMTF and a
major contributor to the DASH specification, AMD is working to provide open and
extensible software tools to partners by enabling a framework for enhanced IT
platform management and security. The SIMFIRE tools are based on an open test
framework, called Open Test Manager, which is part of the Open Web Services for
Management (“WS-Management”) project, to which AMD has already contributed
numerous test cases, utilities and enhancements.

“Microsoft has been a strong supporter of the DMTF and applauds the efforts by
companies such as AMD that take a leading role in the development of management
standards such as DASH and WS-Man,” said Larry Orecklin, general manager of
System Center Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “Moreover, AMD’s additional
contribution of testing and interoperability tools as well as its work to make
WS-Man part of its server reference platform helps all vendors bring
standards-based solutions to market more quickly, which benefits our customers.”

At the Microsoft Management Summit (“MMS”) 2007, held this week in San Diego,
Calif., in the AMD booth #513, AMD and partners are showcasing a number of
solutions that demonstrate DASH manageability on AMD platforms as well as the
SIMFIRE testing tools.

Through a system jointly developed by AMD, Microsoft, Avocent, Tyan and Renesas,
AMD is demonstrating server management via WS-Management, utilizing an Open
Platform Management Architecture (“OPMA”) management sub-system and System
Center Operations Manager 2007. OPMA, an AMD-led standard, specifies a common
system interface between a server platform and management subsystem. Also in the
AMD booth, automated IT services management company Embotics is demonstrating
how their autonomics software running in a virtualized environment on AMD64
technology-based systems enhances system security by helping to make systems
management more tamper-resistant.

Also at MMS, Broadcom is demonstrating an AMD64 technology-based Dell OptiPlex
740 desktop managed through DASH.

“Both Broadcom and AMD have contributed extensively to the development of the
DMTF DASH specification, which both companies agree is key to delivering
interoperable management to our IT customers, helping enable flexibility while
lowering TCO,” said Greg Young, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s
High-Speed Controller line of business. “Broadcom is also pleased with AMD’s
significant contribution to the industry in developing the SIMFIRE tools for
DASH. These testing tools will allow us to deliver high quality DASH solutions
to market more quickly.”

AMD is also demonstrating DASH firmware from Avocent, the IT operations and
infrastructure management solutions provider.

“Industry-standard compliance enables our customers to build interoperable
systems management solutions, which is key to our drive for scalable,
standardized systems in the data center,” said Dave Perry, executive vice
president, Avocent Corp. “Customers will realize increased efficiencies and
reduced costs as a result of using Avocent’s DASH and WS-Management firmware on
the industry-leading AMD platform.”