AMD AND TRANSMETA ANNOUNCE COOPERATION ON FUTURE MICROPROCESSOR STANDARDS
- Transmeta Licenses Two Next-Generation AMD Technologies: x86-64(tm) and
HyperTransport(tm) Technologies -
SUNNYVALE, CA-May 25, 2001-AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Transmeta Corporation
(NASDAQ: TMTA) today announced that they have signed licensing agreements
that promote industry standards for next generation microprocessors.
Specifically, Transmeta has licensed AMD's x86-64(tm) technology and AMD's
HyperTransport(tm) interconnect technology for their future x86 processors
and technology initiatives.
HyperTransport interconnect technology is an innovative solution that moves
information faster, enabling the chips inside of PCs, networking and
communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster
than with existing technologies. AMD's x86-64 technology is a
straightforward approach to 64-bit computing. It builds upon the x86
instruction set, and seamlessly integrates into the current 32-bit computing
and support environment. Compatible with today's 32-bit computing
environment, AMD's x86-64 technology approach will enable enterprises to
transition to 64-bit environments while preserving the billions of dollars
in 32-bit hardware and software investments.
"AMD's x86-64 instruction extensions provide the best upward compatible path
for adding 64-bit address capabilities to the x86 instruction set for the PC
industry, and we applaud AMD for taking leadership on this issue," said
David R. Ditzel, vice-chairman and chief technology officer of Transmeta
"We also believe that the HyperTransport interconnect technology is the
right choice for the next generation input/output bus standard. By
cooperating together on these technologies, customers will be the winners,"
added Doug Laird, executive vice president of product development of
"Cooperative alliances such as the one we are announcing today with
Transmeta yield tremendous benefits for the entire industry," said Fred
Weber, vice president and chief technical officer for AMD's Computation
Products Group. "AMD welcomes Transmeta to the group of companies adopting
HyperTransport technology and we look forward to them introducing products
incorporating the technology. Transmeta's endorsement of x86-64 technology
demonstrates growing support as we move toward a new industry standard for
64-bit computing. We hope others in the industry will recognize the
potential rewards from this collaboration and follow our cue as we advance
these new computing standards."
"Transmeta's move to license AMD's x86-64 technology will simplify the lives
of software developers, and increases the likelihood that the x86-64
architecture will attract the software support it needs for market success,"
observed Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64 in Saratoga, CA.
"Similarly, Transmeta's decision to adopt AMD's HyperTransport technology
adds to the momentum building behind that standard, and expands the market
for HyperTransport-based I/O controllers."
About AMD's x86-64(tm) Technology
The x86-64 technology approach to 64-bit computing builds upon the x86
instruction set, one of the industry's most proven and widely supported
technologies. Old PC applications will continue to run without a performance
impact and new applications can take advantage of the larger address space.
AMD x86-64 technology is designed to support applications that address
memories as large as 2 to the 64th power, such as high performance servers,
database management systems, and CAD tools. The x86-64 technology
seamlessly integrates into the current computing and support environment,
and is designed to enable enterprises to deploy high performance 64-bit
capable systems that build upon the billions of dollars already invested in
AMD enhanced the current x86 instruction set by introducing two major
features: a 64-bit extension called long mode, and register extensions. Long
mode consists of two sub-modes: 64-bit mode, and compatibility mode. 64-bit
mode supports new 64-bit code through the addition of eight general-purpose
registers and widens them all along with the instruction pointer. It also
adds eight 128-bit floating point registers. Compatibility mode supports
existing 16-bit and 32-bit applications under a 64-bit operating system. In
addition to long mode, the architecture also supports a pure x86 legacy
mode, which preserves binary compatibility with existing 16-bit and 32-bit
applications and operating systems.
About HyperTransport(tm) Technology
HyperTransport interconnect technology is a new high-speed,
high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits. It was
developed to enable the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications
devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with
existing technologies. Compared with existing system interconnects that
typically provide bandwidth up to 266MB/sec, HyperTransport technology's
bandwidth of 12.8GB/sec represents up to a 48-fold increase in data
throughput. HyperTransport technology provides an extremely fast connection
that complements externally visible bus standards like the Peripheral
Component Interconnect (PCI), as well as emerging technologies like
InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet. The HyperTransport connection is designed to
provide the bandwidth that the new InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet standards
require to communicate with memory and system components inside of
next-generation servers and devices that may power the backbone
infrastructure of the telecom industry.
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)
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About Transmeta Corporation
Transmeta is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: TMTA) located in Santa
Clara, California. Transmeta develops and sells software-based
microprocessors and develops additional hardware and software technologies
that enable computer manufacturers to build computers that simultaneously
offer long battery life, high performance and x86 compatibility. Transmeta's
family of Crusoe microprocessors is targeted at the notebook and Internet
appliance segments of the mobile Internet computer market, as well as
ultra-dense servers. For more information visit Transmeta on the web at
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