-EDN Magazine also crowns AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor Innovation of the Year-

SUNNYVALE, CA-APRIL 5, 2004-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its chief technical officer, Fred Weber, and the AMD64 design team have been awarded EDN Magazine's Innovator of the Year for a significant advance in technology. The AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processor was chosen as Innovation of the Year in the processor category.

"Our design team took the evolutionary approach to 64-bit computing," said Fred Weber, CTO at AMD. "We have enabled pervasive 64-bit computing with 32-bit backward compatibility on the standard x86 PC platform because it benefits the industry and the customer. We then went the extra step to determine additional customer needs, such as HyperTransport(tm) technology, an on-chip memory controller and features to enhance security and virus protection for the upcoming Windows(r) Service Pack 2. We thank EDN and its readers for recognizing this achievement in design and the resulting product."

"Despite a tough economy in 2003, it's clear that the innovative spirit is still flourishing in the electronics industry," said Maury Wright, editor-in-chief of EDN magazine. "The recipients of the EDN Innovation Award represent the best of the best in developing the products and technologies that handle the interface to the analog world, that carry the computational burden for multimedia and communications and that implement test, development, and design for semiconductors and systems via software."

"The 14th annual EDN Innovation Awards is proud to recognize innovations across the entire gamut of technologies that are key to creating products that everyone can enjoy and use. We applaud the engineering profession for creating advancements that put technology to work for people in their everyday lives."

EDN's technical editors chose finalists from a field of hundreds. EDN staff and readers, an audience of electronics engineers and engineering managers, then selected the ultimate winners.

The AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron(tm) processor families have been adopted by many leading industry heavyweights as a customer-centric approach to next-generation computing.

About AMD64

AMD64 evolves the industry-standard 32-bit x86 architecture to support the demanding 64-bit environment that will enable future generations of computer functionality and productivity. AMD designed the AMD64 platform to allow end users to enjoy reliable, best-in-class performance on the 32-bit software they own today while preparing for a seamless transition to high-performance 64-bit applications. The AMD64 architecture also enables a more secure computing environment by integrating technology that can take advantage of advanced anti-virus features in upcoming software.

Since the introduction of the AMD64 architecture in 2003, the AMD Opteron(tm) processor for servers and workstations and the AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processors for desktop and notebook computers have earned more than 45 awards for innovation and performance and the support of more than 1,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers, system builders, and distributors.

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