More of a Modern Day Perspective on Things Then?
Story of AMD Continued.
* The launch of the AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64 microprocessors changes the future of the computer industry by extending x86 to 64 bits with the AMD64 architecture – featuring simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing.
* Intel denies any plan to develop similar x86-based 64 bit technology.
o Intel president and CEO-elect Paul Otellini says that Intel may not produce a 64-bit desktop chip until 2008 or 2009 (CNET News.com, Feb. 20, 2003)
o Intel CEO Craig Barrett says, “We have no plans at this stage for a 64-bit address extension like the AMD device for the desktop.” (Reuters, Sept. 25, 2003)
* AMD introduces the industry’s first processor with an integrated memory controller, which “feeds” data from memory to the processor faster and more efficiently for improved performance over competing designs.
* AMD delivers Direct Connect Architecture, which directly connects processors, memory controllers and input/output (I/O) functions, reducing bottlenecks and increasing performance.
AMD Extends Innovation Leadership
* AMD Athlon 64 processor named Microprocessor Report’s “Desktop PC Chip of the Year.”
* More than 40 percent of Forbes Global 100 companies or their affiliates use AMD64 processor-based systems to run critical enterprise applications.
* AMD enjoys the support of more than 2,000 AMD64 technology partners including Microsoft, Sun, IBM, HP, Cray, SuSe Linux and Fujitsu Siemens. Three of the top four enterprise computing manufacturers worldwide offer AMD64 solutions: Sun, HP and IBM.
* Intel changes course, follows AMD’s lead into x86-based 64-bit computing with the announcement of a compatible microprocessor solution based on the AMD’s 64-bit technology. The decision is viewed as a death blow to Intel’s proprietary 64-bit Itanium microprocessor.
* Itanium co-development partner HP announces that it is discontinuing its line of Itanium-based workstations.
* Microprocessor Report analyst Tim Halfhill reports that Intel developed its 64-bit extensions to the 32-bit x86 instruction set by reading AMD’s documentation. “In every case, we found Intel had patterned its 64-bit x86 architecture after AMD64 in almost every detail.”
* Intel follows AMD’s lead by evolving microprocessor performance measurement from MHz to model numbers.
* AMD demonstrates the first x86 dual-core microprocessor.
* At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, AMD launches its 50x15 initiative; a commitment to deliver basic computing and Internet connectivity to 50 percent of the world’s population by the year 2015. Later this year in India, AMD launches the Personal Internet Communicator (PIC), a new category of computing device created specifically for developing markets; service providers distribute PICs to consumers via low monthly subscription fees. (Suggested cost is $185, without monitor, and $250 with monitor).
* AMD leads industry with hardware-enabled virus protection which, when enabled by Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, offers virus protection for certain types of attacks, paving the way for a more secure Microsoft Windows XP computing environment.
* AMD launches Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors for servers and workstations, and also unveils the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for consumer and business users. Leading OEMs, including Sun, HP, IBM and Supermicro announce their support to offer broad portfolios of dual-core Opteron systems. AMD’s dual-core Opteron processors use only a quarter of the power of comparable dual-core server chips.
* The Wall Street Journal says, “AMD, which once slavishly followed Intel’s technology directions, was first to champion a memory technology called DDR, for double data-rate, that is now widely used. Its first Opteron systems, delivered two years ago, were the first x86 chips to crunch 64 bits of data at a time, which allow chips to tap into more memory than earlier 32-bit chips. Intel has followed both moves.” (Apr. 21, 2005)
* BusinessWeek says, “AMD’s approach will let server makers switch from their current single-core chips without paying additional costs for new motherboard and chipsets. That could tip the balance for spendthrift businesses.” (Apr. 19, 2005)
* Morgan Stanley analyst Mark Edelstone writes “We currently believe that AMD has a lead in dual core processors and advantages in integration and power dissipation over Intel.” ( Feb. 9, 2005)
* Insight 64 principal analyst Nathan Brookwood says, “Prior to the 2003 launch of the AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64 processors, some industry observers questioned whether it was logical or possible to develop an ecosystem around a 64-bit architecture compatible with the 32-bit x86 industry standard. Two years and more than 1,000 software packages later, the industry has embraced 64-bit computing based on AMD64 technology and it’s now obvious those earlier doubts were ill-founded. With AMD64 technology’s innovative Direct Connect Architecture, the company has clearly established itself as a technological powerhouse and a formidable competitor.” (Mar. 2, 2005)
* AMD continues its commitment to the 50x15 Initiative at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, announcing a partnership with MIT Media Lab chairman Nicholas Negroponte and other industry leaders to develop the world’s first $100 laptop. AMD also debuts working prototype of 2 nd generation PIC device.
* CNet News.com says, “In the past few years, AMD has touted ideas such as 64-bit computing and faster input-output links first, putting Intel in the uncomfortable position of a follower.” (Feb. 25, 2005)
* Microsoft confirms that it is canceling development of a Windows operating system for the Itanium 2 microprocessor.
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AMD Enters the Market as a Second Source Provider
SURE THEY DID.. they lead the way into things now, Intel is the Second Source Provider in about 2 years from now, when this little lawsuit is finished. Intel is DONE.
PS- All this taken from: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Weblets/0,,..._12686,00.html
You guys should explore AMDs wonderful site and read about their processors. You will learn a lot, that is how I got a lot of my information on processors, especially AMDs.