TAIPEI, TAIWAN, -JUNE 4, 2002- At Computex Taipei 2002, AMD today demonstrated new graphics standard, AGP-8x, on the upcoming eighth-generation AMD Athlon(tm) processor-based platform. Platforms based on the AMD eighth-generation architecture and AGP-8x technology are designed to provide customers the advanced graphics technology they seek, including low memory latency, increased data throughput, and the option for larger cache sizes.
The demonstration was performed on a system that included an AMD-8151(tm) Graphics Tunnel, with a core logic component based on AGP-8x and HyperTransport(tm) technologies, and a SiS Xabre AGP-8x graphics card.
"Implementing new technologies like AGP-8x on AMD's future eighth-generation processor-based platforms is designed to increase the data throughput between the processor and the graphics card," said Rich Heye, vice president of Platform Engineering and Infrastructure, AMD's Computation Products Group. "Customers using graphically intense applications, ranging from gamers to digital content creators, will benefit from faster screen refreshes and reduced graphics data bottlenecks enabled by systems based on these new platforms."
"Native support for AGP-8x on both the SiS Xabre Graphics Card and AMD Opteron(tm) and eighth-generation AMD Athlon platform is designed to provide the system resources necessary to significantly improve our customers' graphical experience," said Shing Wong, senior vice-president, SiS Corporation. "With more than 2.1GB/s of bandwidth, today we saw a sneak preview of the potential of this powerful combination."
Support for AGP-8x technology is among many system design enhancements in AMD's upcoming eighth-generation processor family to help reduce system bottlenecks. Others include HyperTransport technology and an integrated DDR memory controller.
Shipments of the AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations are planned to begin in the first half of 2003. Shipments of AMD's eighth-generation AMD Athlon processor for desktops are planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2002.
About the AMD Opteron(tm) Processor
The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD's eighth-generation processor core which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry's first x86-64 technology. This technology is planned to preserve companies' investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today's most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport(tm) technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.
AMD Eighth-Generation Platform Milestones
6/3/02: AMD Announces Broad Industry Support for Future AMD Opteron and Eighth-generation AMD Athlon Platforms
6/3/02: AMD Serves up Four-Way Multiprocessing Demo at Computex Taipei 2002
5/22/02: AMD Announces 3DLabs, ATI, Matrox and SiS to Support Upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon Platforms
4/24/02: AMD Announces "AMD Opteron" as Brand For Next-Generation Server and Workstation Processors
4/24/02: AMD Announces Collaboration With Microsoft to Incorporate 64-bit Support for the Future Eighth-generation AMD Athlon and
AMD Opteron processors
2/26/02: First Public Eighth-Generation Processor Demo Debuts With 64-bit and 32-bit Technology
10/15/01: AMD Discloses Details of Next-Generation PC Microprocessor Architecture
2/14/01: AMD Announces HyperTransport Technology- Broadcom, Cisco, NVIDIA, and Sun Among First Adopters
1/16/01: AMD and Virtutech Announce High-Performance Simulator to Help Further Enable 64-Bit Software Development
8/10/00: AMD Releases x86-64 Architectural Specification- Enables Market Driven Migration to 64-Bit Computing
10/5/99: AMD Announces x86-64 bit Architecture and Future System Bus
About HyperTransport(tm) Technology
HyperTransport technology is a high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits, and is designed to meet the bandwidth needs of tomorrow's computing and communications platforms. HyperTransport technology helps reduce the number of buses while providing a high-performance link for PCs, workstations, and servers, as well as numerous embedded applications and highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It is designed to allow chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with some existing bus technologies.
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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