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Game On: AMD Sponsors Top-Rated Counter-Strike Team.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2004

AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that it has become the lead sponsor of Team NoA, a globally-ranked, North American-based Counter-Strike squad. Counter-Strike is one of the most popular PC gaming titles among professional gamers. As part of the sponsorship, Team NoA will use AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor-based gaming systems during its 2004 tournaments.

"Like AMD, Team NoA is passionate about gaming and the competitive spirit and global community that it creates," said Tracey Brown, marketing director of AMD's Gaming Segment. "We designed the AMD Athlon 64 processor family with gamers like Team NoA members in mind. AMD64 processors deliver mind-blowing 32-bit performance on today's most popular software titles, and give the world's most demanding PC users the opportunity to play 64-bit games as they become available."

"We're competing with the best players in the world, so it's important to have a thrashing PC processor in our corner," said Gary "Siege" Sanchez, general manager, Team NoA. "In a game like Counter-Strike, where every second counts, we expect the AMD Athlon 64 processor to give us the edge we need to beat the competition."

Based on AMD64 technology, the AMD Athlon 64 processor is designed to offer outstanding 32-bit performance today with the capability to move into the 64-bit future. Like all AMD64 processors, the AMD Athlon 64 processor also has the added security benefit of Enhanced Virus Protection technology. This technology, in combination with the upcoming Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Service Pack 2, can prevent certain types of malicious viruses.

About AMD64

AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to support the demanding 64-bit environment that will enable future generations of computer functionality and productivity. AMD designed the AMD64 platform to allow end users to enjoy reliable, best-in-class performance on the 32-bit software they own today while preparing for a seamless transition to high-performance 64-bit applications. The AMD64 architecture also enables a more secure computing environment by integrating technology that can take advantage of advanced anti-virus features in upcoming software.

Since the introduction of the AMD64 architecture in 2003, the AMD Opteron(TM) processor for servers and workstations and the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processors for desktop and notebook computers have earned more than 45 awards for innovation and performance and the support of more than 1,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders, and distributors.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer, communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers. For more information visit

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