LAS VEGAS, NV--JANUARY 6, 2000--KryoTech, AMD and Compaq Computer Corp. today demonstrated a 1 Gigahertz (1000Mhz) Compaq Presario Internet PC powered by the AMD Athlon processor and KryoTech SuperG technology. The Presario PC features innovative technology that enables the system to reach the 1 GHz mark and offers leading edge system performance. The demonstration is being held at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Digital Living Room, North Hall, at Compaq's Booth # 6653.
The 1GHz Compaq Presario PC demonstration is based on KryoTech's SuperG technology, a "super-cooled" computer featuring an AMD Athlon processor. To achieve this speed, KryoTech's patented cooling system thermally accelerates the AMD Athlon processor, enabling the processor to run at 1GHz, or one billion cycles per second.
"By combining a powerful AMD Athlon processor with KryoTech's patented cooling system, Compaq is able to be the first major computer manufacturer in the world to publicly demonstrate a 1GHz system," said Mark Vena, Director, Consumer Desktop Product Marketing, Compaq Computer Corporation. "The rich combination of Compaq Presario desktop technology using an AMD Athlon processor and KryoTech's innovative SuperG cooling solution provides a glimpse into what the future holds for consumers who desire incredibly powerful personal computer systems."
"KryoTech redefined the performance metric for personal computing with the introduction of the SuperG, the first PC that broke the 1GHz barrier," said Dennis Peck, SVP Sales at KryoTech. "With forward thinking companies like AMD and Compaq on our side, we will set new standards for PC manufacturers, and computer users worldwide will reap the benefits. We're saying goodbye to the Megahertz world and "Welcome to the Gig!"
"The combination of the super cool KryoTech SuperG technology with the lightning fast AMD Athlon processor allows Compaq to demonstrate the technology of tomorrow today," said Dana Krelle, vice president of Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group.
The 1 GHz Compaq Presario system is based on KryoTech's SuperG technology and demonstrates leading-edge integer, floating point, 3D and multimedia performance. The system also provides the extensive bus bandwidth that will be required for next-generation applications, including: Internet and e-commerce, digital content creation, scientific imaging and graphics, entertainment and extreme gaming, and advanced engineering applications.
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 technology, including 128KB of on-chip level (L1) cache and a programmable, high-performance backside L2 cache interface; enhanced 3DNow! technology with 24 additional instructions designed to improve integer math calculations, data movement for Internet streaming, and DSP communications; and the AMD Athlon system bus - a 200MHz system interface based on the Alpha EV6 bus protocol with support for scalable multiprocessing. All new AMD Athlon processors are manufactured on AMD's aluminum 0.18-micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas. The AMD Athlon processor has received 18 industry awards since its introduction last year.
KryoTech, the leader of CoolComputing®, was founded in 1996 by executives and engineers from NCR Corporation. The South Carolina based company engages in the design, manufacture and marketing of innovative, active thermal management and cooling products and services for the computer and semiconductor industries. Additional information about KryoTech and its products can be found on the company's Web site at http://www.kryotech.com.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces processors, flash memories, and products for communications and networking applications. AMD processors, including the AMD-K6®-2, AMD-K6-III and AMD Athlon product families, power computers manufactured by nine of the Top 10 computer OEMs in North America. AMD's mobile processors are used in more 50 percent of notebook computers sold in the retail market to consumers and small businesses. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $2.5 billion in 1998. (NYSE: AMD). Additional information about AMD and its products is available at: http://www.amd.com
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Forward-looking statements in this release include the risk that Compaq may not commercially release a 1 GHz system based on AMD Athlon processors that are thermally accelerated by KryoTech technology in the near future or at all, and that such systems and technology may not achieve customer or market acceptance. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the Company's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission.