Press Release: AMD Expands High-Performance Offerings For Servew And Workstation Markets


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: December 12, 2001

New AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor 1900+ and AMD-760(tm) MPX chipset provide enhanced performance for dual processor server and workstation platforms.

SUNNYVALE, CA-DECEMBER 12, 2001-AMD today expanded its offerings for the commercial market with the introduction of the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor 1900+ and the AMD-760(tm) MPX chipset, providing high performance in demanding server and workstation environments.

The high-performance AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture and Smart MP technology continues AMD's commitment to help improve performance while also lowering total cost of ownership. AMD's solution integrates seamlessly into existing infrastructures, and provides the stability and manageability IT managers desire.

"AMD is committed to providing commercial solutions designed to deliver the reliability, compatibility, manageability and high performance needed to meet the growing demands of the business market," said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing at AMD. "With its advanced architectural features such as QuantiSpeed architecture and Smart MP technology, the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ provides the multiprocessing server and workstation markets with a highly reliable processor capable of meeting and exceeding business needs."

Motherboards featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset, with its improved high-speed peripheral connections, are planned to be available initially from Abit, Asus, GigaByte, MSI and Tyan. The chipset is designed to support all AMD Athlon(tm) MP processors for additional platform flexibility.

"By working closely with several leading motherboard manufacturers, AMD is able to help create various options for IT purchasers to make the best choice for their business needs," said Richard Heye, vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure at AMD. "It's important to us that customers get the advanced levels of performance they need from their server and workstation platforms."

"ASUS is proud to launch the A7M266-D, a high-quality dual Socket A motherboard featuring the AMD-760(tm) MPX chipset," said Jonathan Tsang, vice president of ASUS. "With its advanced features and innovative design, the A7M266-D is an exceptional platform for the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+."

"The GIGABYTE Technology GA-7DPXDW motherboard featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset is an awesome platform for servers and workstations, especially with its support of 66MHz/64-bit/32-bit PCI bus slots," said Etay Lee, vice president of Networking and Communication, GIGABYTE Technology. "The GA-7DPXDW motherboard supports the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture, and with other features including four DDR module slots, three PCI 32/33, IDE RAID, and 10/100 LAN. We feel it offers an exceptional platform for today's market."

"The ABIT WA-2A motherboard featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset offers extended performance through support of 66MHz/64- and 32-bit PCI bus slots," said Edwin Lin, general manager, ABIT Computer Corporation. "With support of other features, including onboard LAN and DDR memory support, we feel the WA-2A motherboard combined with the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture offers an exceptional platform for power users."

"The MSI K7D Master-L motherboard featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset is an outstanding solution for the commercial market," said Joseph Hsu, president of MSI. "The K7D Master-L motherboard currently includes an AGP Pro slot, two additional 66MHz/64-bit PCI slots, and features MSI's exclusive D-LED and Live Driver. We feel the K7D Master-L is an outstanding motherboard for servers and workstations, and is an excellent platform for the
AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+."

"After the huge success delivering the first motherboards supporting the AMD Athlon MP processor, Tyan continues its strong partnership with AMD through our support of the AMD-760 MPX chipset," said Don Clegg, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Tyan. "Our AMD multiprocessor platforms complement our existing AMD product lineup, and provide exceptional features for today's workstation, server, and power PC systems."

AMD expects worldwide availability of the new AMD-760 MPX chipset in the first quarter of 2002 and AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ in the fourth quarter of 2001.


The AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ is priced at $319 in 1,000-unit quantities. For additional information on pricing, please visit www.amd.com/pricing.

About the AMD-760(tm) MPX Chipset

The AMD-760(tm) MPX chipset is a high performance, two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon MP family of processors, offering Multi-Processor eXtended (MPX) performance compared to its predecessor, the AMD-760 MP chipset. The AMD-760 MPX chipset offers extended performance through a 66MHz/64-bit/32-bit PCI bus and a feature-rich peripheral bus controller that provides PCI-to-PCI bridging capability.

The AMD-760(tm) MPX chipset consists of two chips-the AMD-762(tm) system controller (northbridge), and the AMD-768(tm) peripheral bus controller (southbridge). The AMD-760 MPX chipset unleashes the power of DDR memory technology, which combines with other sophisticated core logic in data, memory and I/O control as well as system and power management to provide a powerful solution for server and workstation platforms. The AMD-760 MPX chipset supports up to two AMD Athlon MP processors with independent 266MHz front side buses, as well as PC2100 DDR memory and AGP 4x graphics.

About the AMD Athlon(tm) MP Processor

The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation x86 processor designed for high-performance multiprocessing servers and workstations.

A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC) support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.

The AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, which includes a high performance full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer (TLB). The processor also incorporates 3DNow!* Professional technology, which has 51 new instructions that extend AMD's 3DNow! technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.

The AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology.

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
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