Press Release: AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor 1900+ Powers CRN's 'Ultimate PC'


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: December 3, 2001

For the fourth time, CRN honors an AMD Athlon(tm) processor for performance, innovation.

MIAMI, FL-Dec. 3, 2001-AMD today announced that CRN has again chosen an AMD Athlon(tm) processor to power its "Ultimate PC." CRN Test Center engineers review and test various PC components to determine the most innovative ones for what they deem the "Ultimate PC." In front of an audience, CRN lab director John Yacono assembles those components for their "Ultimate PC," which showcases the best in cutting-edge technology.

CRN, a leading weekly trade publication for builders of technology solutions, constructs an "Ultimate PC" at several tradeshow events throughout the year, and sponsors Tech Builder XChange for system builders and white box solution providers.

"AMD is to be congratulated for recognizing that performance gains are possible with creative architecture rather than through raw clock speed increases alone," said John Yacono, Director of the CRN Test Center. "Increasing processor frequency is not really innovative; the real trick is improving processor architecture so you get the most out of every clock tick, which is what AMD has done. "I'm always amazed at how much change and innovation the Test Center sees from one Ultimate PC event to the next, and this demo pushed the bar that much further."

"AMD's fourth 'Ultimate PC' award from CRN tells us that we're doing things right in the minds of computer resellers, one of our strongest and most important market segments," said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing at AMD. "The AMD Athlon XP processor, the highest performance PC processor in the world, represents our commitment to delivering the total system performance that our customers demand, but don't always get, from systems that simply rely on megahertz alone."

The AMD Athlon XP processor features AMD's patented QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, which can provide up to a 25-percent performance advantage versus competitive PC processors on a broad array of real-world applications. AMD processors, with their stable, reliable Socket A platform and their leading-edge performance, make an excellent choice to power desktop as well as notebook PCs for both business and home users. That stability and reliability carries over into multiprocessing solutions for servers and workstations, allowing AMD to cover the spectrum of computing needs with outstanding processor performance. The AMD Athlon XP processor delivers extreme performance for the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system.

CRN also chose an AMD Athlon processor for its "Ultimate PC" at PC Expo in 2000 and 2001 and at Comdex in 1999.

AMD and other "Ultimate PC" component providers were recognized at an awards ceremony Dec. 3 during Tech Builder XChange in Miami, Florida.

AMD Athlon(tm) Processor Awards Around the World

AMD Athlon processors have received more than 100 awards worldwide. Most recently, the AMD Athlon processor won Maximum PC magazine's "CPU of the Year Award" for 2001, and powered the desktop computer that won PC Magazine's Editor's Choice award for the best performance desktop computer. For a complete listing of AMD Athlon processor and AMD Athlon processor-based system awards, visit:

About the AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor

The AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor features QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, 384KB of on-chip, full-speed cache, and support for AMD's 3DNow!(tm) Professional instructions for enhanced multimedia capabilities. The AMD Athlon XP processor is compatible with AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 266MHz front-side bus. AMD Athlon XP processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About AMD

AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications.

Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).

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Laureen Chernow
AMD Public Relations
(512) 602-0449
E-mail: laureen.chernow@amd.com