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AMD Announces Development Workstation Systems Giveaway.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 20, 2000

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips.  to give away five development workstations containing the

latest AMD Athlon(TM) processor with DDR (Double Data Rate) Refers to an SDRAM memory chip that increases performance by doubling the effective data rate of the frontside bus. For more details, see SDRAM.

DDR - Double Data Rate Random Access Memory
 memory and Microsoft(R)

Visual Studio 6.0 development toolset complimented by the Visual C++

6.0 Processor Pack.


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: AMD) today announced a development workstation systems giveaway to promote the new AMD Athlon(TM) processor and AMD-760(TM) chipset with support for Double Data Rate (DDR) memory. The development machines will include the new Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Processor Pack integrated into the Visual Studio 6.0 development environment. These development workstations provide product developers a platform with the power necessary for their hardware intensive needs.

The Visual C++ 6.0 Processor Pack contains built-in support for enhanced instruction sets provided by AMD processors. This processor pack is recommended for Visual C++ users who are interested in using 3DNow!(TM), MMX (MultiMedia EXtensions) A set of 57 additional instructions built into the Pentium MMX chip for improved multimedia and modem performance by performing mathematical operations on multiple sets of data at the same time (see SIMD). (TM) & Digital Signal Processing See DSP.

Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled).
 (DSP (1) (Digital Signal Processor) A special-purpose CPU used for digital signal processing applications (see definition #2 below). It provides ultra-fast instruction sequences, such as shift and add, and multiply and add, which are commonly used in math-intensive ) instructions and is currently available to customers now to download at the Microsoft website at

"AMD Athlon processor-based systems with DDR memory allow developers to efficiently manage their projects by enabling faster code compile times and application builds," said Dave Mendlen, lead product manager for Microsoft Visual Studio Microsoft Visual Studio is Microsoft's flagship software development product for computer programmers. It centers on an integrated development environment which lets programmers create standalone applications, web sites, web applications, and web services that run on any platforms . "The positive results are even more noticeable when working on large projects."

"AMD Athlon processor-based systems, especially when coupled with DDR memory, give developers a compelling workstation platform solution for their development needs," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager, Texas Microprocessor Division (TMD TMD Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
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) of AMD. "The AMD Athlon processor's superior microarchitecture, system bus, floating point engine, enhanced 3DNow! technology and cache architecture gives Microsoft Visual Studio users an extraordinary and reliable computing experience for the demanding software development environment."

Five development workstation systems will be given away in the promotion. Developers can register for the development systems giveaway and renew the official rules at AMD's Developer Relations web site at Winners are planned to be announced To be announced (TBA)

A contract for the purchase or sale of an MBS to be delivered at an agreed-upon future date but does not include a specified pool number and number of pools or precise amount to be delivered.
 during the keynote address keynote address
An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered. Also called keynote speech.

Noun 1.
 at Visual Studio Live! in San Francisco on January 13th, 2001. Developers registered for the giveaway are encouraged to attend Visual Studio Live!, but attendance is not mandatory for eligibility. Winners will be notified directly via e-mail and winners' names will be posted on the AMD website.

The workstations will feature the new AMD Athlon processor and AMD-760 chipset, DDR memory, Microsoft Windows(R) 2000 Professional, Visual Studio 6.0 Professional and Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Processor Pack, in addition to other high-end hardware components, and Microsoft DirectX and AMD developer Software Development Kits (SDKs).

About the AMD Athlon(TM) Processor

The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar A CPU architecture that allows more than one instruction to be executed in one clock cycle. See pipeline processing.

(architecture) superscalar - A superscalar architecture is a uniprocessor that can execute two or more scalar operations in parallel.
 microarchitecture optimized for high clock frequency; the industry's first fully pipelined, superscalar floating point unit for x86 platforms; high-performance cache architecture, now featuring 384KB of total on-chip cache (256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache); enhanced 3DNow!(TM) technology with 24 additional instructions A charge given to a jury by a judge after the original instructions to explain the law and guide the jury in its decision making.

Additional instructions are frequently needed after the jury has begun deliberations and finds that it has a question concerning the evidence, a
 designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications. The AMD Athlon processor features either a 266MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  Front Side Bus (FSB (FrontSide Bus) See system bus.

FSB - front side bus
) or a 200MHz FSB based on the Alpha(TM) EV6 bus protocol. AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

AMD Athlon Processor Awards

The AMD Athlon processor, and systems based on it, have won more than 65 award worldwide. For a complete listing, please visit

About DDR Memory Technology

Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology is a successor technology to Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (storage) Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory - (SDRAM, Synchronous DRAM) A form of DRAM which adds a separate clock signal to the control signals. SDRAM chips can contain more complex state machines, allowing them to support "burst" access modes that clock out a series of  (SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) A type of dynamic RAM (DRAM) memory chip that has been widely used since the late 1990s. SDRAM chips eliminated wait states by dividing the chip into two cell blocks and interleaving data between them. ) technology, the prevailing memory standard found in today's PCs. DDR memory leverages existing SDRAM technology, but with a 2.1GB/sec peak data rate, it can achieve memory transfer rates up to 100 percent higher than SDRAM. Next-generation DDR memory is thus expected to be manufactured at cost levels that are in line with today's mainstream PC memory costs. Consequently, PC users are expected to receive better overall system performance at system costs comparable to current SDRAM based systems.

Next-generation DDR memory technology will enable the AMD Athlon processor platform to deliver new levels of performance on math-intensive applications like video editing, CAD/CAM CAD/CAM
 in full computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing.

Integration of design and manufacturing into a system under direct control of digital computers.
, scientific applications, and digital content creation The development of newsworthy, educational and entertainment material for distribution over the Internet or other electronic media. See DAMS. , with minimal effect on system costs. DDR memory technology is supported by the AMD-760 chipset, and will help enable AMD to bring the advantages of DDR memory technology to workstation and high-end PC users.

About the AMD-760(TM) Chipset

The AMD-760 is AMD's next generation chipset for the AMD Athlon processor. It consists of two chips - the AMD-761(TM) system bus controller, or northbridge, and the AMD-766(TM) peripheral bus controller, or southbridge. The AMD-760 chipset unleashes the power of DDR memory, enabling the ultimate PC performance in multi-tasking and multimedia intensive applications. The AMD-760 chipset supports the AMD Athlon processor with both a 200MHz and 266MHz front side bus, as well as PC1600 and PC2100 Double Data Rate (DDR) memory and 4xAGP graphics.

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 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 $2.9 billion in 1999. (NYSE: AMD).

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

Visit AMD on the Web

For more information about today's announcement, please visit and virtual pressroom at Additional press releases and information about AMD and its products are available at:

Note to Editors: AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon, 3DNow! and combinations thereof, and AMD-760, AMD-761 and AMD-766 are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corp. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other jurisdictions. MMX is a trademark of Intel Corporation. Other product names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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