Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Lenovo, among Leading OEMs to Deliver SystemsSUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 23, 2006— As part of AMD's ongoing commitment to deliver leading technology for desktop PCs, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX-62 dual-core processor, the world's ultimate processor for PC enthusiasts, and the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 5000+dual-core processor compatible with AMD's new socket AM2 platform. Socket AM2 from AMD is designed to enable next-generation platform innovations such as AMD Virtualization and high-performance, unbuffered DDR2 memory to the award-winning AMD64 architecture. Additionally, socket AM2 streamlines the work for motherboard manufacturers, while reducing costs through economies of scale, which can provide better products and increase supply chain flexibility.
"The introduction of socket AM2 is another example of AMD delivering on our customer promise, on time and with industry support from our AMD64 ecosystem," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD. "We are again pushing new levels of performance in our dual-core processors while enabling meaningful innovations like AMD Virtualization and DDR2 memory."
OEMs shipping systems with socket AM2 processors include Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, and Lenovo, as well as more than 40 leading system builders worldwide. Through an open standards approach, AMD offers customers the ability to build differentiated solutions that meet commercial and consumer end-user needs.
"Our Aurora family of high-performance systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX and AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processors enable Alienware to offer our customers amazing custom AMD64 computers," said Frank Azor, senior vice president and general manager, Worldwide Product Group, Alienware Corporation. "Our customers expect a remarkable computing experience using processors from AMD and these new processors are just what our customers are looking for."
"Our goal is to provide our customers with the newest, industry-leading technology as it becomes available," said Tom Anderson, vice president of marketing, global consumer PCs, Personal Systems Group, HP. "With the addition of these AMD solutions, consumers can complete demanding graphics projects, download images and watch movies without missing a beat."
While enthusiasts are often passionate AMD customers, the transition to socket AM2 provides commercial clients with a single socket, feature rich solution to fit their needs.
"Lenovo is committed to delivering optimal performance, superior reliability, and differentiated value in our ThinkCentre desktop PCs," said Thomas Tobul, executive director, ThinkCentre Desktops, Lenovo. "The performance enhancements enabled by the new socket AM2 from AMD combined with our innovative ThinkVantage Technologies will enhance the breadth and value of our expanded ThinkCentre line-up."
All AMD64 processors are ready and capable today to provide users with the foundation needed to experience the power of Windows Vista(TM). AMD has been working closely with Microsoft to identify and develop key hardware and system requirements for Windows Vista.
"We are excited about the socket AM2 processors launching from AMD in preparation for Windows Vista," said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president, Windows Client Marketing at Microsoft. "The AMD Athlon 64 FX and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors offer powerful capabilities for new business and consumer scenarios using Windows XP today and will enable even more compelling business and consumer breakthroughs for users of Windows Vista."
With socket AM2, AMD brings new capabilities like AMD Virtualization to both commercial and consumer users. Virtualization on desktop computers allows a single PC to act like multiple virtual machines. AMD Virtualization can enable client computers to seamlessly support multiple operating environments. Therefore, IT managers can now gain the ability to develop and test software across multiple operating systems on a single computer to facilitate software migrations, isolate business and personal operating environments to increase security and reliability, and to initialize and manage client computers with less interruption to end users. AMD Virtualization helps make it easier for PC enthusiasts to upgrade and maintain their PCs through emulation.
AMD Athlon 64 X2, AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Sempron(TM) Processor Socket AM2 lineup compatible with Socket AM2
For prosumers and digital enthusiasts who are looking to run sophisticated, multiple processor-intense applications simultaneously, AMD has transitioned the entire lineup of AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors over to the new socket AM2 while adding the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and 4000+ dual-core processors.
For current and future needs, the AMD Athlon 64 desktop single-core processors helps ensure exceptional performance on today's software with readiness for the coming wave of 64-bit computing. With AMD64 technology, customers can embrace the new capabilities of 64-bit computing on their own terms to achieve compatibility with existing software and operating systems. The following AMD Athlon 64 processors are available in both sockets 939 and AM2: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ and 3800+ processors.
AMD Sempron processors are tailored to the growing segment of value-conscious PC users seeking a full-featured product with best-in-class performance for the changing face of everyday computing. The following AMD Sempron processors are available in both socket 939 and AM2: AMD Sempron 64 3000+, 3200+, 3400+, 3500+ and 3600+ processors.
Availability and Pricing
Socket AM2 processors from AMD are available immediately worldwide.
Pricing for the new AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 and AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ dual-core processors is $1,031 and $696, respectively in 1KU PIB. AMD has also added an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ that will be priced at $328 in 1KU PIB. For pricing details, please visit: www.amd.com/pricing.
The AMD64 processor platform is the gold standard for 64-bit computing. AMD64's Direct Connect Architecture evolves industry standards to deliver break-through performance on single- and dual-core processors, reducing bottlenecks inherent in traditional front-side bus architectures. AMD64 technology is also designed to enhance the security of computing environments by integrating Enhanced Virus Protection(1) technology enabled by advanced anti-virus features in current versions of Linux, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Solaris operating systems. Today, more than 50 percent of the top 500 Forbes Global 2000 companies or their subsidiaries, representing the world's most competitive industries, now rely on AMD64 technology-based systems to run their enterprise applications. Since their 2003 introduction, AMD64 processors have earned more than 200 industry awards and the support of more than 2,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders and distributors. For more information on the AMD64 processor platform, see www.amd.com/amd64.
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(1) Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP) is only enabled by certain operating systems including the current versions of Microsoft(R) Windows(R), Linux, Solaris and BSD Unix. After properly installing the appropriate operating system release, users must enable the protection of their applications and associated files from buffer overrun attacks. Consult your OS documentation for information on enabling EVP. Contact your application software vendor for information regarding use of the application in conjunction with EVP. AMD strongly recommends that users continue to use third party anti-virus software as part of their security strategy.
Socket AM2 Customer and Technology Partner Support Addendum
AMD is collaborating with industry leading companies to help ensure a smooth transition to socket AM2.
"The combination of new AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 and AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ dual-core processors with ATI's CrossFire graphics and chipset platforms results in the most impressive PC performance available today," said Phil Eisler, senior vice president and general manager, Integrated and Mobile Business Unit, ATI Technologies. "Using CrossFire Xpress and Radeon Xpress as the bedrock for AMD's formidable dual-core processors, we're delivering brilliant 3D image quality and rock-solid reliability, demonstrating that AMD and ATI continue to enjoy a strong relationship that brings the best technologies possible to PC users everywhere."
"We are pleased to be working with AMD again to bring a powerful and high-performing processor to our motherboards using socket AM2," said Joe Hsieh, vice president, Motherboard Business Unit, ASUSTeK, "Together with ASUS' excellent design and manufacturing ability, users can enjoy an enhanced computing experience."
"Thanks to the new AM2 memory controller design, we were able to take DDR2 memory performance to a new level. Our market-leading memory modules are able to reach higher clock speeds with AMD's new processors than with any other memory controller," said John Beekley, vice president, Applications Engineering, Corsair Memory. "We applaud AMD on this latest release. We believe our common customers, computer hardware enthusiasts and gamers, will benefit immediately from these advances in memory performance."