AMD Sets New Mark in x86 Innovation with First Detailed Disclosures of Two New Core Designs

Low-power "Bobcat" and high-performance "Bulldozer" pave the way to upcoming CPU and AMD Fusion APU designs

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Today at HOT CHIPS 22, AMD (NYSE: AMD) will reveal new details on its two nextgeneration x86 processor core implementations, including AMDs unique approach to highperformance, multithreaded computing, as well as a subonewatt capable lowpower design. The two new designs, codenamed "Bulldozer" for highperformance PC and server markets, and "Bobcat" for lowpower notebook and small formfactor desktop markets, were designed from the groundup to address specific customer requirements and compute workloads. The new cores are central to AMD's future roadmap, including the AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products and AMD's new highperformance server and client CPUs.

"In my opinion, Bulldozer and Bobcat are not only two of the greatest technical achievements in AMD's rich history, but two of the most important for the industry as well," said Chekib Akrout, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Technology Development. "With CPUs and APUs built from these core implementations, we expect our customers to deliver a new wave of innovative PC form factors and highperformance computing experiences."

At HOT CHIPS 22, Brad Burgess, AMD Fellow and chief architect of Bobcat, and Mike Butler, AMD Fellow and chief architect of Bulldozer, will each present in the "New Processor Architectures" session. The x86 architecture lies at the very heart of computing and AMD has continuously evolved and improved its core designs. The Bulldozer and Bobcat cores continue that evolutionary path and are designed to change the user's experience with the resulting products.

"Attacking both highperformance and lowpower markets simultaneously with two brand new architectures is an impressive accomplishment that serves notice to the industry that innovation is alive and well inside AMD," observed Nathan Brookwood, research fellow at Insight 64.

Highlights of the new cores include:


- An innovative approach to multithreaded compute performance that balances dedicated and shared compute resources to provide a highly compact, high core count design that is easily replicated on a chip for performance scaling

- New x86 instruction support (SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, and XOP including 4operand FMAC)

- Advanced power management features

- Manufactured on advanced 32nm process technology


- Subonewatt capable operation

- Outoforder instruction execution for higher performance

- Estimated 90 percent of today's mainstream PC performance in half the area

- Core power gating and a microarchitecture optimized for low power

- Highly synthesizeable design that moves easily across manufacturing technologies

Additional Resources

- Overview Video

- Brad Burgess Profile

- AMD at Work Blog

- AMD Fusion Blog

- Become a fan of AMD on Facebook

Learn more about AMD Fusion

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forwardlooking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forwardlooking statements are generally preceded by words such as "plans," "expects," "believes," "anticipates" or "intends." Investors are cautioned that all forwardlooking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainty that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. The forwardlooking statements relate to, among other things, the timing of new product releases and their features and functionality and the availability of systems that include our products. Material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, include, without limitation the following: that the AMD products described herein will not be available in the mix required by the market and at mature yields on a timely basis; AMD's technology partners will not offer these AMD products as described herein, or in sufficient quantities to address market demand; Intel Corporation's pricing, marketing and rebating programs, product bundling, standard setting, new product introductions or other activities targeting AMD's business will prevent attainment of AMD's current plans; there will be unexpected variations in market growth and demand for these AMD products; and AMD will be unable to obtain sufficient manufacturing capacity or components to meet demand for these products. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's filings with the United States Securities Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 26, 2010.
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