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Icon17 AMD 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort Support

AMD Delivers Industry’s First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort Support

— ATI FireGL™ V7700 provides superb performance and image quality for professional 3D and imaging markets —


SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 31, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL™ V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals. ATI FireGL V7700 delivers the top-quality image quality needed to create photorealistic visualizations of real-world objects and environments —like the design concept for a new aircraft or a home remodel—by providing designers with The Ultimate Visual Experience™.
“Imaging and 3D professionals require innovative, high-performance solutions and are increasingly turning to AMD to meet their real-world needs. The ATI FireGL™ family of workstation graphics accelerators is designed to deliver visible advantages and performance leadership at every price point, from entry level to ultra-high end,” said Janet Matsuda, senior director of Professional Graphics at AMD. “This accelerator with DisplayPort support is the latest example of AMD’s leadership in delivering new graphics technologies ahead of the competition.”
“The balanced power of the ATI FireGL product line has the accuracy and speed needed for medical imaging applications like mammography screening,” said Albert Xthona, product manager for Digital Mammography at Barco. “For example, Mammography viewing uses 10-bit precision to help deliver the most information to the eye of the radiologist, and increasingly other medical applications will rely on 10-bit gray and 30-bit color rendering. With the additional speed offered by the PCI Express 2.0 interface, very large data sets are handled smoothly, saving time for busy medical staff.”
The new ATI FireGL V7700 workstation graphics accelerator with DisplayPort support brings The Ultimate Visual Experience to life. The card features a 10-bit display engine that can produce more than one billion colors at any given time, delivering unprecedented image fidelity at a lower cost.
“Our customers are eager to adopt the latest standards like DisplayPort and PCI Express 2.0 that make their environments more productive while delivering next-generation display capabilities today,” said Peter Chen, president, Exxact Corporation. “As an exceptional innovator and promoter of industry standards, it comes as no surprise to learn that AMD is the first to deliver a graphics card with DisplayPort support. Like most AMD innovations, we plan to implement the solution in earnest.”
Price Performance Leadership

The ATI FireGL V7700 supports emerging technologies while being optimized to work with today’s existing technologies. ATI FireGL accelerators are engineered to deliver continued innovation and reliability for a wide range of professional operating environments, including Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Linux®. The unified driver, which supports all ATI FireGL workstation products, helps reduce the total cost of ownership by simplifying installation, deployment and maintenance. Additional noteworthy features include:
- 512MB of memory: Enabling effortless real-time interaction with large datasets and complex models and scenes.
- Dual Link DVI Output: The combination of DisplayPort output and a Dual Link enabled DVI output, generates a multi-monitor desktop over 5000 pixels wide from a single accelerator. With native multi-card support, users can see more and do more using four displays driven by two ATI FireGL products in the same workstation.
- Application Certification: The ATI FireGL workstation graphics accelerators are thoroughly tested and certified with major CAD and DCC applications, helping ensure reliability and stability.
- AutoDetect: Based on a new generation GPU with 320 unified shader units, the ATI FireGL V7700 maximizes throughput by automatically directing graphics horsepower where it’s needed most. Intelligent management of computational resources enables enhanced utilization of the GPU delivering real-time rendering of complex models and scenes while increasing frame rates.
Pricing and Availability

The ATI FireGL V7700 3D workstation graphics accelerator card is expected to begin shipping in April 2008 and will be available from system integrators and AMD channel partners worldwide. The MSRP is $1,099 USD.

For more information about ATI FireGL products from AMD, please visit http://ati.amd.com/products/firegl.html

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets. AMD is dedicated to driving open innovation, choice and industry growth by delivering superior customer-centric solutions that empower consumers and businesses worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

 A10-bit monitor is required to view one billion colors.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, FireGL, The Ultimate Visual Experience and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.



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This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the timing of availability of products, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this release and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Risks include the possibility that 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; AMD will require additional funding and may not be able to raise funds on favorable terms or at all; customers stop buying the company's products or materially reduce their operations or demand for its products; the company will be unable to develop, launch and ramp new products and technologies in the volumes and mix required by the market and at mature yields on a timely basis; the company's competitors, customers and suppliers may take actions that will negate the anticipated benefits of the company's acquisition of ATI; demand for computers and consumer electronics products and, in turn, demand for the company's products will be lower than currently expected; global business and economic conditions will worsen, resulting in lower than currently expected revenue in the first quarter of 2008 and beyond; there will be unexpected variations in market growth and demand for the company's products and technologies in light of the product mix that it may have available at any particular time or a decline in demand; the company will be unable to transition to advanced manufacturing process technologies in a timely and effective way, consistent with planned capital expenditures; the company will be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development and capacity that is required to remain competitive; and the company will be unable to obtain sufficient manufacturing capacity or components to meet demand for its products or will under-utilize its microprocessor manufacturing facilities. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2007.
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