Press Release: New AMD Athlon(tm) MP Processors Extend AMD's Performance Leadership In Multiprocessing Server, Workstation Markets

Posted By Van Smith

Date: October 15, 2001

High-performance multiprocessors align with AMD's True Performance Initiative to develop new processor performance metric.

AMD today introduced its newest processors for multiprocessing servers and workstations, the high-performance AMD Athlon(tm) MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+. The new AMD Athlon MP processors, which feature patented QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture and AMD's Smart MP technology, deliver breakthrough application performance versus competitive processors on single and dual-processor platforms.

The model numbers are strategically aligned with AMD's recently announced True Performance Initiative, or TPI, which seeks to assist customers in understanding the benefits of processor performance. TPI also will help define a new, more accurate measure of processor performance for standard applications.

"The AMD Athlon MP processor's superior architecture delivers outstanding overall performance for one- and two-way servers and workstations," said Ed Ellett, AMD vice president of AMD's Computation Products Group. "With today's announcement, AMD's new initiative to provide a reliable performance metric extends to the new AMD Athlon MP processors, continuing our commitment to commercial customers."

Benchmarks for single and dual processor-based platforms powered by AMD Athlon MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+ show distinct performance advantages over similarly-configured single and dual processor-based platformspowered by competitive processors operating at certain higher frequencies. For example, a workstation based on a dual 1.53GHz AMD Athlon MP processor 1800+ outperforms a similarly-configured workstation based on a dual 1.7GHz Intel Xeon processor by up to 23 percent on various application benchmarks, such as High-end Microstation, SoftImage XSI and Alias Wavefront/Maya.

"The AMD Athlon MP processor 1800+ provides the extreme performance we need for our real-time digital puppeteering system," said David Barrington-Holt, Creative Director for Jim Henson's Creature Shop. "We require the most advanced technology, and that's what we get with a system powered by the AMD Athlon MP processor 1800+ -performance, efficiency and reliability."

AMD is working to ensure that the AMD Athlon MP processor, based on AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, is fully compatible with industry-leading hardware and software, and that it integrates seamlessly into existing infrastructures.

Systems featuring the AMD Athlon MP processor, including models 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+, are expected to be available from computer manufacturers in the United States, Europe, Japan and greater Asia-Pacific.


The AMD Athlon MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+ are priced at $302, $210 and $180, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.

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 new 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 52 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 new AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology.

About the AMD-760(tm) MP Chipset

The AMD-760 MP chipset, the world's first AMD Athlon multiprocessor chipset to support DDR memory technology, is AMD's high performance two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor. It consists of two chips-the AMD-762(tm) system controller (northbridge), and the AMD-766(tm) peripheral bus controller (southbridge). The AMD-760 MP 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 MP 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.

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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).

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, including the risk that computer manufacturers may not offer systems based on the new AMD Athlon MP processors in volume or in certain geographic regions. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.


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Olga Flores Finneran
AMD Public Relations
(512) 602-9435
E-mail: olga.finneran@amd.com