SUNNYVALE, CA-MARCH 13, 2002-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has teamed with Compaq Computer Corporation and NVIDIA to offer a unique, high-performance graphics desktop system for mainstream PC purchasers.
Compaq Presario digital media desktop PCs featuring the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor and NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture with integrated GeForce2 graphics processing unit (GPU) raise the bar for overall performance in mainstream PCs. With this marriage of technologies, this system redefines the multimedia experience for the average computer user - providing eye-popping, interactive graphics, and phenomenal audio and video streaming capabilities.
"The AMD Athlon XP processor and NVIDIA nForce chipset have a remarkable synergy that enable the ultimate digital experience for home users, whether they're editing home movies, or ripping their favorite music to MP3s," said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "We believe this collaboration with Compaq and NVIDIA has resulted in a product that gives mainstream users a heck of a lot more in their PCs, and we think they'll have more fun with it as well."
"This new, integrated platform combines industry-leading technology from AMD and NVIDIA to produce a Compaq Presario desktop PC that offers the performance of an NVIDIA GeForce2 4X AGP graphics card as a standard feature," said Brett Faulk, director of Home and Small Office Desktop Marketing in Compaq's Access Business Group. "This provides the most balanced, powerful platform for supporting personal productivity, enhanced gaming, and digital video, audio and photography needs of our customers."
"The AMD Athlon XP processor is the ideal partner to the NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture with integrated GeForce2 graphics," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Together, NVIDIA and AMD are providing the graphics and computing power that will provide Compaq Presario customers with an unprecedented digital media experience."
Pricing & Availability
Compaq Presario 8000 systems featuring the NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture with integrated GeForce2 graphics are available with AMD Athlon XP processors 1600+ up to 2100+, with starting prices ranging from $885 to $1,299. The Compaq Presario 8000 systems are immediately available in the US direct from Compaq at www.athome.compaq.com, through a Compaq kiosk located in more than 10,000 popular retail stores and many traditional retail locations, or by calling Compaq at 1-800-888-0220. The NVIDIA nForce chipset is also expected to be available on Compaq Presario 6000 PCs featuring the AMD Athlon XP processors 1600+ and 1900+ in US retail outlets in early April.
About the AMD Athlon(tm) XP Processor
The AMD Athlon 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.
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 $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
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