Microsoft License Server Software By CPU, Not Core

AMD supports Microsoft’s software licensing decision for their server
software for multi-core processors. Microsoft server software, which is
currently licensed by the number of processors in the server, will continue to
be licensed in that model for server hardware that contains dual-core and
multi-core processors, and will not be licensed according to the number of
processor cores.

Multi-core processors are a logical evolution in performance improvements for
multi-tasking environments, and dual-core AMD64 processors with Direct Connect
Architecture are expected to more efficiently support those multi-tasking
demands. Dual-core AMD Opteron processors are expected to be socket compatible
with the 90nm single-core AMD Opteron packaging. This approach follows the AMD
customer-centric approach of safeguarding software investments while delivering
industry-leading processor innovation and enabling an easy migration path.

AMD supports Microsoft’s software licensing decision for their server
software for multi-core processors. Microsoft server software, which is
currently licensed by the number of processors in the server, will continue to
be licensed in that model for server hardware that contains dual-core and
multi-core processors, and will not be licensed according to the number of
processor cores.

Since AMD furthered its industry leadership in multi-core computing by
demonstrating the industry’s first x86 dual-core processor in August, AMD has
strongly advocated this customer-centric software licensing strategy for both
server and client software.

"AMD is committed to help businesses transition to multi-core technology in
the least disruptive way possible, and Microsoft’s licensing decision is a major
component to enable that migration," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president
and general manager for AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products
Group. "I haven’t spoken with a single IT manager who wants to swap out their
current servers just to upgrade to multi-core technology. With AMD Opteron(TM)
processor-based hardware, the upgradeability to upcoming dual-core AMD Opteron
processors, and Microsoft’s software licensing plans, the IT community will be
able to reap the rewards of multi-core technology without the pain of upheaval."

"Microsoft’s licensing strategy will help facilitate the broad adoption of
multi-core server technology," said Brent Callinicos, corporate vice president
of Worldwide Licensing and Pricing at Microsoft Corp. "We are continuing to work
closely with industry-leading partners like AMD to create a multi-core ecosystem
that meets the needs of customers across the industry."

Multi-core processors are a logical evolution in performance improvements for
multi-tasking environments, and dual-core AMD64 processors with Direct Connect
Architecture are expected to more efficiently support those multi-tasking
demands. Dual-core AMD Opteron processors are expected to be socket compatible
with the 90nm single-core AMD Opteron packaging. This approach follows the AMD
customer-centric approach of safeguarding software investments while delivering
industry-leading processor innovation and enabling an easy migration path.

Dual-core AMD Opteron(TM) processors are scheduled to be available in mid-2005,
and by early 2006, AMD expects the majority of its server processors being
shipped will be dual core. Dual-core AMD64 processors for PCs are expected to be
available beginning in the second half of 2005.

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