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AMD Athlon Processor Supporting Double Data Rate Memory Will Power New Compaq Presario 7000Z Desktop System.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2001

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) is now offering the Presario 7000Z, model 7QS, a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon(tm) processor-based platform that uses the innovative AMD-760(tm) chipset that supports DDR (Double Data Rate) memory technology.

DDR memory allows a PC to take full advantage of the proven performance of the AMD Athlon processor by increasing peak data throughput.

"This system allows people to experience the next generation of memory technology," said Pat Moorhead, vice president of Marketing at AMD's Computation Products Group. "With the addition of DDR memory, an AMD Athlon processor-based system can provide faster graphics and a better overall computing experience that brings the Internet to life. This system has twice the data-moving power, and a purchaser can find that he or she can get things done faster than ever before. We're pleased that Compaq has chosen to offer this exceptional platform."

"With the powerful combination of AMD Athlon processing and DDR memory technology, the Presario 7000Z is designed to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding users who require outstanding system performance for gaming, digital video editing, streaming audio and video and graphics applications," said Mark Vena, director of Compaq's CTO Desktop Product Marketing.

DDR memory is an evolutionary new technology that can double a PC's available memory data transfer rate while remaining comparable in cost to its predecessor, Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM). AMD supported DDR technology with the launch of its AMD-760(TM) chipset last October.

The Compaq Presario 7000Z will also be available with a 1.1GHz and 1GHz AMD Athlon processor and with a 266MHz or 200MHz front-side bus. The Compaq Presario 7000z is available immediately through Compaq's "Built for You" kiosks at participating retailers, by calling 800/888-0220, and on Compaq's Consumer Web site at http://athome.compaq.com.

About the AMD Athlon(tm) Processor

The AMD Athlon processor is an x86-compatible, seventh-generation design featuring a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar 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 designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications. The AMD Athlon processor features either a 266MHz Front Side Bus (FSB) or a 200MHz FSB based on the Alpha(tm) EV6 bus protocol. AMD Athlon processors are manufactured using AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron copper technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About DDR Memory Technology

Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology is a successor technology to Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM) technology, which is 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-based platform to deliver new levels of performance on math-intensive applications like video editing, CAD/CAM, scientific applications, and digital content creation, 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 chipset 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, Calif., AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE:AMD).

AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon, 3DNow!, and combinations thereof, and AMD-760, AMD-761, AMD-766 are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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