AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processors and Upcoming Microsoft Products



    At Microsoft TechEd Developers Conference, AMD Demonstrates Commitment to
Software Developers Through Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors and Visual Studio
2008 Integration

    BARCELONA, SPAIN, November 5 /CNW/ - AMD (NYSE:   AMD) today announced it
is demonstrating platforms based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors,
including features designed to help Microsoft Windows application developers
optimize their software applications through tools in upcoming software
products from Microsoft Corp. The technology demonstrations at the conference
in Barcelona, Spain show new integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.

    Ongoing collaboration throughout product development ensures that Visual
Studio 2008 tools will produce optimized code when compiling for Quad-Core AMD
Opteron processors. This hardware/software collaboration is designed to ensure
that software developers will enjoy improved instruction selection, optimized
register allocation and enhanced 128-bit floating-point performance.

    "The Microsoft Visual Studio suite represents key building blocks in the
Windows software development tools stack and is widely used by the Windows
development community. This is why Visual Studio support for AMD processors is
so important to us- it provides a highly productive environment for our
customers to connect their hardware and software," said Earl Stahl, vice
president of Software Development at AMD. "The hardware/software collaboration
is vital across the entire Microsoft Application Platform, so we are also
working to ensure that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server
2008 are optimized for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors."

    Engineers from AMD and Microsoft worked side by side to ensure Visual C++
would have code generation improvements for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.
Other integration improvements include SSE4a and Advanced Bit Manipulation
(ABM) intrinsic functions included in Visual Studio 2008 and optimum code
generation for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors.

    "Microsoft and AMD share a common goal of providing software developers
with the tools they need to be successful. We've worked together to establish
the software and hardware link between Visual Studio 2008 and Quad-Core AMD
Opteron," said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer
Division at Microsoft Corporation. "This hardware/software combination
provides tools that mainstream software developers need to do their jobs more
efficiently to meet the demands of today's global computing community."

    Onsite at the TechEd Developers Conference, AMD will host two sessions
designed to provide developers with tips to improve x86 and x64 performance
with native code when using Visual Studio 2008 as well as best practices to
fully utilize multi-core processing in managed code. TechEd attendees can
visit AMD booth #A-1. For coding tips, sample code and downloads of software
development tools and libraries, please visit http://developer.amd.com.

    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 www.amd.com.

    AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron 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.




For further information:

For further information: AMD Public Relations Andrew Fox, 512-602-1000
(PR) andrew.fox@amd.com or Mike Haase, 408-749-3124 (IR) mike.haase@amd.com

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