Press Release:  AMD Duron(tm) Processor-Based Computers Chosen For Major Education Program In Europe


Posted By Kathy Smith

Date: November 13, 2001

AMD teams with Italian OEM CDC to provide 60,000 PCs to Italian Government Organization.

MILAN, ITALY-NOVEMBER 13, 2001-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that an Italian government organization has selected AMD Duron(tm) processor-based personal computers for a major information technology and English language-training program in southern Italy.

CDC SpA, a leading manufacturer of desktop PCs in Italy, will provide 60,000 personal computers based on the 1.1GHz AMD Duron processor. The CDC systems were chosen by Italia Lavoro, an Italian government organization serving the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Security. They will be built in Italy by Micronica, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDC, and are expected to be delivered by the end of 2002.

"We are delighted that CDC has provided a winning solution based on our technology for this major educational investment in Italy," said Giuliano Meroni, AMD vice president of Sales and Marketing, Europe. "CDC's decision offers further validation that systems based on AMD's award-winning processors and Socket A platform are capable of meeting the stability and reliability requirements of educational and government sectors."

"Since the very beginning, CDC has been proactive in promoting and supporting computer literacy in Italy," said Giuseppe Diomelli, CDC SpA Chairman and CEO. "We are pleased to be working with AMD to offer PCs with outstanding performance as instruments for e-learning and vocational training."

According to Gartner-Dataquest, AMD has experienced significant PC processor (Windows®-based desktops) market share growth of 66% from the third quarter 2000 through the third quarter 2001, in the education segment in Europe. In Italy, AMD's market share in the education segment reached 37% in the third quarter 2001. AMD continues to vigorously pursue opportunities to bring reliable and stable platforms to business, government, and education end users.

About the AMD Duron(tm) processor

The AMD Duron processor is a derivative of the award-winning AMD Athlon(tm) processor and is designed to provide practical performance for everyday computing for business and home users. Employing an innovative design, the AMD Duron processor features a sophisticated cache architecture with 192KB of total on-chip cache, a high-speed 200MHz front-side bus, and a superscalar floating point unit with 3DNow!(tm) Professional technology, and hardware data pre-fetch.

The AMD Duron processor offers buyers access to technology and performance that stands out among other processors in its class. It reflects AMD's 30 years of design and manufacturing expertise and sales of more than 175 million PC processors. AMD Duron processors are manufactured on AMD's 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25, Austin, Texas.

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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