Sanders: Hammer Opteron is a Grand
By Mario Rodrigues
Date: April 26, 2002
AMD held its annual shareholders' meeting that was webcast. You will need to fast forward past the formal part of the meeting to nine minutes (use Win Media player to see this) to get to the meat of Jerry Sanders' remarks. Highlights: Shipped 200th million processor as well as achieving record unit sales of 8 million PC processors last quarter. Recap of past history and successes. MirrorBit cost advantage. Alchemy insight. What makes AMD different? what makes AMD better? Why is AMD the last man standing? Jerry Sanders' dream for AMD. AMD's values. AMD processor and technology innovations. Die size advantage. Technology migration. Sanders said, 'I believed Fab 30 has been the most successful new wafer fabrication facility in the history of the semiconductor industry.' AMD/UMC strategic alliance. Opteron benefits. Background to Microsoft's 64-bit support for Hammer. Microsoft's Dave Cutler said about Hammer (Sr Distinguished Engineer), 'I'm really exited about this chip.' Sanders said, 'AMD will lead 64-bit migration, AMD will be first to bring 64-bit for the desktop.' He went on to say, 'We can create a fundamental change in the market, we can change the face of the industry, we can realize the AMD dream.' Hand over to Hector Ruiz. AMD's goals by end of decade: To be the number one supplier of flash memory and the number one supplier of micro processors for computation and information and media access through architectural and design leadership. Sanders views his transition to chairman as a passage, not journeys end; the adventure continues. Responding to a question, Sanders said, 'In my view the 7th generation, the Athlon, was designed by the finest micro processor design team on the face of the earth.' Recalling Bill Gates' comments on the original Athlon - 'Jerry, we think Athlon is a home run' - Sanders went on to say, 'if that's the case, Hammer Opteron is a grand slam.' Webcast can be viewed here.