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NEC Japan, Microsoft Japan, ASCII NT Announce AMD Athlon Processor to Power Commercial ``InternetStreamingServer''.

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InternetStreamingServer Demonstrates

Continued Acceptance for AMD Products in Commercial Arena

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that NEC Corporation (NEC Japan), Microsoft Co., Ltd. (Microsoft(R) Japan), and ASCII NETWORK TECHNOLOGY, Inc. (ASCII NT) have announced the 1.33GHz AMD Athlon(TM) processor will power the co-developed streaming content server, the "InternetStreamingServer," targeted at commercial applications.

The InternetStreamingServer, which combines AMD's 1.33GHz AMD Athlon processor and Double Data Rate (DDR) memory, provides powerful support for high-performance Internet applications in the broadband area. The 1.33GHz AMD Athlon processor-based platforms with DDR memory outperform the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor-based platforms by up to 40 percent on a variety of benchmarks, including video encoding, audio, video and image editing, and 3D modeling and animation. The AMD Athlon processor's high performance can help customers increase their overall productivity.

"We're delighted that NEC Japan, along with ASCII NT and Microsoft, selected the 1.33GHz AMD Athlon processor in their latest product," said Kazuo Sakai, president, AMD Japan. "Today's announcement is extremely significant in that AMD's fastest processor, in conjunction with DDR memory technology, has been adopted in a server product targeting corporate customers. In addition to its outstanding performance, the innovative AMD Athlon processor provides stability, reliability, and compatibility that is required by our customers."

"The 1.33 GHz AMD Athlon processor, combined with DDR memory, provides a spectacular combination for data transmission and video encoding performance crucial for streaming content servers," said Ed Ellett, vice-president of Workstation and Server Marketing for AMD. "The design win also reinforces AMD's continuing penetration of the corporate enterprise market."

The InternetStreamingServer, developed to enable rapid, high-quality transmission of streaming content such as moving images and music over the Internet, is a specialized server for the upcoming broadband era. The product is comprised of three 2U-rackmounted servers -- two servers for high-speed transmission of streaming content, together with a content creation server. The streaming content servers are based on the Windows(R) 2000 Server platform, arranged in a cluster configuration for balanced server load and high reliability. The content creation server incorporates video capture and sound boards for encoding, and enables a wide range of streaming content to be produced.

The product also includes Microsoft's Windows Media technology, which exhibits powerful performance in video and audio transmission and replay, and a range of tools from ASCII NT to facilitate system introduction and operation.

The InternetStreamingServer is scheduled to be on sale immediately as a streaming Web server for the broadcasting industry and ISP/ASP Internet data centers, as well as for corporate intranet and Internet use. The InternetStreamingServer will be available in Japan.

About the AMD Athlon 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 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas and AMD's 0.18 micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

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, 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 $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE:AMD).

AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon, 3DNow!, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Alpha is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Other product names used in this publication are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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Date:Apr 23, 2001
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