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AMD AND ASUS DEMONSTRATE COMMITMENT TO COMMERCIAL MARKET THROUGH AMD ASSURED PROGRAM.

AMD (NYSE:AMD) has announced that AMD and ASUS Computer International have teamed up to promote the AMD Assured Program for the North American commercial market. ASUS, one of the world's leading motherboard manufacturers, offers AMD Assured motherboards for system integrators who build AMD processor-based commercial systems.

The AMD Assured Program is designed to help commercial system builders identify AMD processor-based motherboards that provide stability and long-term availability, enable planned technology transitions, and offer standards-based manageability needed in commercial systems. AMD Assured motherboards have passed AMD's manageability and validation tests, and are available for use in commercial systems powered by AMD processors, including the AMD Athlon XP and AMD Duron processors.

"The AMD Assured Program demonstrates AMD's continued commitment to the commercial market, and helps provide a key building block desired by IT managers and commercial customers," said Tim Wright, director of desktop marketing at AMD. "The ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard has many excellent features that meet the standards required by commercial customers. In the future, we look forward to having additional motherboards as part of the AMD Assured Program to address other segments in the market."

"ASUS has a strong reputation of delivering outstanding, high-quality motherboards," said Margaret Chen, sales director of North America at ASUS Computer International. "Teamed with AMD for the AMD Assured Program, ASUS will now offer our A7V266-E/AA to meet the defined needs and requirements of the commercial market. The ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard has passed AMD's stringent manageability and validation tests, and is an excellent choice for systems used in government, enterprise, and education segments."

Several system integrators are expected to announce commercial systems that incorporate the ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard, including Aspect Computer, Colfax International, Supercom Canada and VoodooPC.

"Aspect Computer will now be able to offer governmental and educational institutions outstanding customized systems based on AMD Assured motherboards," said Jonathan Chu, president, Aspect Computer Corp. "Aspect plans to build customized desktops, servers, and workstations using the ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard featuring AMD's Socket A processor interface, a high-performance, stable and reliable platform for commercial customers."

"Colfax International commends AMD and ASUS for the work done on the AMD Assured Program. As one of the first system integrators to offer commercial desktop systems featuring the ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard, I anticipate a warm welcome and loud applause from the commercial market," said Colfax International's vice president of sales, Mike Fay. "Customers will be able to customize and configure these AMD processor-based commercial solutions 24/7 in real-time by using Colfax's advanced software technology and back-end configurator."

"Supercom plans to offer commercial systems under the `Touch' brand name featuring AMD Assured motherboards from ASUS," said Supercom system product manager, Eric Chan. "The AMD Assured Program makes sense for Supercom because it further demonstrates AMD's commitment to providing stable, long-term solutions for commercial markets."

"VoodooPC plans to launch our new F-Series Workstations featuring the ASUS A7V266-E/AA motherboard," said Rahul Sood, president of VoodooPC. "The AMD Assured Program platform adds further validation of AMD's commitment to system builders. By having a long-term supply of AMD Assured motherboards from ASUS, VoodooPC can build solid AMD processor-based systems that ultimately benefit customers in the commercial market."

AMD Assured motherboards comply with Microsoft's System and Device Requirements 2.0, incorporate the essential management elements of Wired for Management 2.0, and provide an interoperable solution in any networked environment. In addition, the AMD Assured Program requests motherboards be available in the market for at least 12 months.
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Date:Feb 11, 2002
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