Opteron 100 w/ ECC Unbuffered Memory Support

AMD today announced general availability of the AMD Opteron™ 100 Series processors that now feature error-correcting code (ECC) unbuffered memory support. Based on overwhelming customer demand in an increasing number of critical markets for one-way servers and workstations, AMD is expanding the types of memory supported by the AMD Opteron 100 Series processors. This new type of memory support is now the standard for the 100 Series. The new AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support offer a compelling price/performance ratio, beginning with Model 144, priced at $ 125 in 1,000-unit quantities, and scaling to Model 152, priced at $ 799 in 1,000-unit quantities. Dual-Core AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support, ranging from Model 165 at $ 417 to Model 175 at $ 530 for 1,000-unit quantities, are expected to be available within 30 days.

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced general availability of the AMD Opteron™ 100
Series processors that now feature error-correcting code (ECC) unbuffered memory
support. Based on overwhelming customer demand in an increasing number of
critical markets for one-way servers and workstations, AMD is expanding the
types of memory supported by the AMD Opteron 100 Series processors. This new
type of memory support is now the standard for the 100 Series.

AMD will continue to deliver AMD Opteron 100 Series processors using registered
memory to existing customers that require them; including customers who are
designing high-end products based on the AMD64 embedded processor roadmap.

“Based on feedback from our customers, we have enhanced the AMD Opteron
processor roadmap by providing our customers more choices for the technology
they demand within an infrastructure that best suits their needs,” said Marty
Seyer, corporate vice president, Commercial and Performance Computing,
Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. “Adding ECC unbuffered memory support to
AMD’s award-winning AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with Direct Connect
Architecture, is going to enable our customers to offer even more compelling 1P
server and workstation solutions, while helping to reduce their overall solution
costs. This is another example of the innovative and responsive approach to
customers that has resulted in more than 75 of the top 100 of the Forbes Global
2000 enterprises using AMD64 technology.”

Sun Microsystems, Inc., the first to use the new AMD Opteron 100 Series with ECC
unbuffered memory support, recently, announced the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation,
based on the new processors. The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation entered the
marketplace with a new world record result on OCUS benchmark, a performance
measurement of graphics oriented MCAD application – Pro/ENGINEER—based on
results published at http://www.proesite.com, as of June 27, 2005. The new
64-bit workstation also established a world record on EnSight 8.0 benchmark that
is used to gauge the performance of identically named engineering visualization
application—based on results published at http://www.ensight.com/products/performance.html
, as of July 27, 2005.

Sun’s Ultra 20 Workstation has easily surpassed the competing Intel-based
systems from other hardware vendors.

“Adding the AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support
to our x64 (x86, 64-bit) workstation product line gives our customers even more
break-through performance at lower costs than other competitive x64 workstations
currently on the market,” said Lisa Sieker, vice president of marketing, Network
Systems Group at Sun. “Recent record-breaking benchmark results for the Ultra 20
Workstation are a testament to the power and performance we continually see on
our x64 systems that are powered with AMD processors.”

ECC unbuffered memory support will also extend to the Dual-Core AMD Opteron 100
Series processors, expected to be available within the next 30 days.
Additionally, AMD plans to support ECC unbuffered memory on future AMD Opteron
100 Series processors designed for DDR2 and other emerging memory technologies.

With a simple BIOS update, AMD Opteron 100 Series supporting ECC unbuffered
memory will use the existing AMD 939-pin package. Infrastructure partners
including Supermicro Computer, Inc. and Tyan Computer Corporation already
support this package and are the first to offer motherboards enabling true
server solutions based on the new AMD Opteron 100 Series processors. Processors
in the AMD Opteron 200 and 800 Series will continue to utilize Socket 940 which
is validated for the registered memory configuration required by these
processors.

“The AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support,
coupled with our Tomcat K8E (S2865) motherboard, enables Tyan to uniquely
address the needs of our 1P server and workstation customers who are looking for
high-performance at an improved price point,” said Danny Hsu, vice-president of
Sales and Marketing at Tyan Computer Corporation. “The power and performance
inherent in this exciting new addition to the AMD64 family will provide our
customers with the capability to realize higher gains without higher cost
overhead.”

“In April, we expanded our product offerings with AMD64 technology-based
solutions,” said Tau Leng, director of marketing, Supermicro Computer, Inc.
“With the new AMD Opteron 100 Series, we are able to offer our customers even
more compelling 1P server and workstation solutions within an infrastructure
that best suits their needs.”

Pricing and Availability
The new AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC unbuffered memory support
offer a compelling price/performance ratio, beginning with Model 144, priced at
$ 125 in 1,000-unit quantities, and scaling to Model 152, priced at $ 799 in
1,000-unit quantities. Dual-Core AMD Opteron 100 Series processors with ECC
unbuffered memory support, ranging from Model 165 at $ 417 to Model 175 at $ 530
for 1,000-unit quantities, are expected to be available within 30 days.

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