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To: greg nus who wrote (6814)2/9/1999 2:12:00 PM
From: James Yu
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Gateway Japan Introduces Al-in-one PC unit with AMD's K-2 chip.
nikkeibp.asiabiztech.com

Toshiba's DynaBook Satellite 2520 is its top-selling product.

Nikkei BP AsiaBizTech - 04-Feb-1999
February 4, 1999 (TOKYO) -- NEC Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have launched new personal computers with x86-compatible chips made by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) of the United States.

NEC, Japan's largest PC maker, announced a new product line called ValueStar NX R Series that will run on AMD's K6-2 microprocessor with 3DNow! technology. This is the first time that NEC will sell personal computers using Intel-compatible chips in Japan. The targets for the new K6-2-powered model series are PC users seeking to replace existing machines. Also, Toshiba is using an AMD chip called Mobile AMD-K6-2 for the DynaBook Satellite 2520 A4-size notebook PC, which has been marketed since Jan. 15. It uses a 300MHz chip. The predecessor DynaBook Satellite 2510 uses a 266MHz Mobile MMX Pentium
microprocessor. The choice of the Mobile AMD K6-2 was made by taking into account price performance, according to a Toshiba official.
Toshiba said that the DynaBook Satellite 2520 is its top-selling product. The 2520 has a basic performance that is about 22 percent higher than that of the conventional 2510 PC. And the 3D graphics processing performance of the 2520 PC is twice that of the 2510 model due to the 3D Now! instructions, Toshiba said.
The price of the DynaBook Satellite 2520 series ranges between 248,000 yen and 318,000 yen (US$2,150-US$2,750). Thus, the new 2520 model is about equal to the conventional 2510 model.
AMD said that Windows PCs using x86-compatible chips accounted for 16 percent of all the Windows PCs delivered in the fourth quarter of 1998. "The share in Japan also is increasing rapidly, standing at between 15 percent and 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 1998," said Kazuo Sakai, president of AMD Japan.

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To: James Yu who wrote (6815)2/9/1999 11:41:00 PM
From: James Yu
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To All,
Briefing news
AMD Could Regain Footing As Intel Wrestles With FTC (AMD) - Report
Newstraders - February 08, 1999 12:39
(NewsTraders.com)-- The Federal Trade Commission's antitrust trial against Intel (INTC) is helping rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) attract attention from direct PC vendors, according to Electronic Buyer's News.
Highlights:
Intel has softened its sales tactics in an effort to ease antitrust scrutiny, according to one analyst. The FTC suit might prop up AMD's market share by emboldening original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), said Dean McCarron of Mercury Research. "The next thing you have to ask is why OEMs are less worried about retaliation, and the FTC is my guess," he said, referring to more OEMs looking at AMD's chips as an alternative to Intel's microprocessors. AMD shares sank last week after the company warned that it might post a loss in the first
quarter. NewsTraders reported earlier today on a San Jose Mercury News story that said AMD might be attractive to bottom fishers.
Copyright 1999 NewsTraders Inc. All Rights Reserved 12:39 Monday, February 08, 1999

Bloomberg news
Intel Fails to Remove Top Government Lawyer From Case
Washington, Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Intel Corp., just weeks away from the start of its antitrust trial, failed in a bid to disqualify the government's top lawyer in the case, according to documents filed at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In a motion filed under seal, the world's largest maker of computer chips asked that Richard Parker, senior deputy director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition, be removed as lead prosecuting attorney at the trial, which is scheduled to begin March 9. James Timony, the FTC administrative law judge who will hear the case, denied the request in a five-page ruling disputing Intel's
allegation that Parker's ties to Advanced Micro Devices, an Intel rival, create a conflict of interest. Prior to joining the FTC in early 1998, Parker was a partner at the Los Angeles-based law firm O'Melveny & Myers, whose client list includes AMD. Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy declined to talk about the specifics of the motion or comment on the judge's denial. Timony disagreed with Intel's allegation that the government recently has ''shifted gears'' in
its case ''to adopt a theory advocated by the prosecutor's private client.'' Instead, he said, ''The focus of this case is Intel's expropriation of computer technology, not from AMD, but from Digital Equipment Corp., Intergraph Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp.'' Timony said Parker's involvement with the case was cleared by the agency's ethics officer, who asked only that he limit his involvement with AMD officials who are involved in the case. To that extent, other members of the FTC trial team will take over. AMD, the second-largest maker of microprocessors, has confirmed that Atiq Raza, the company's chief technology officer, is scheduled to testify for the government in the case. Official witness lists are expected to be released Feb. 19. In
June, the FTC, which enforces the nation's antitrust laws along with the Justice Department, accused Intel of using a monopoly in the computer-chip market to force rivals and customers to surrender their patent rights on certain products. Intel's microprocessors run about 90 percent of the world's personal computers, and the Santa Clara, California-based company controls about 80 percent of the $23.7 billion computer-chip market. Timony also denied Intel's request to block the testimony of Dean Klein, chief technology officer for Micron Electronics Inc., and Donald Lewine, an engineering consultant with
Data General Corp. for 15 years. Both are potential witnesses for the government. According to Timony's order, Klein is expected to testify about the market for microprocessors and Lewine will discuss his reaction to conduct by Intel toward Digital and Intergraph in 1997 and other issues related to the trial.Intel alleged that the potential witnesses weren't identified on preliminary and supplemental lists provided by FTC attorneys, denying the company's lawyers time to question them under oath before filing its expert report on Jan. 6.
The possible testimony by Lewine, who also has taught at Northeastern University, ''is unrelated to Data General,'' said company spokesman Jim Dunlap.
copy;1999 Bloomberg, LP. All rights reserved.

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To: James Yu who wrote (6815)2/10/1999 11:13:00 AM
From: DRBES
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RE: "Feb 10 1999 SC 13G/A:
Amended Ownership Statement "

Does anyone understand the significance of this news item?

DARBES

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To: DRBES who wrote (6817)2/11/1999 8:52:00 AM
From: Richard P. Roberts
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Headlines


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02/11 08:25 PC Entertainment Industry Announces Increased Commitment to AMD's
<AMD.N>

PC Entertainment Industry Announces Increased Commitment to AMD's 3DNow! Technology
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 1999--

3DO, Accolade, Activision, Criterion Studios, Digital Anvil,

Eidos, GT Interactive, Gremlin, id Software, Interplay, Psygnosis

and Rage To Offer Optimized Titles For Play on PCs Powered by AMD

Processors Featuring 3DNow! Technology

Twelve of the top PC entertainment software publishers and developers today announced formal plans to support AMD's (NYSE:AMD) 3DNow!(TM) technology.

These companies are responsible for bringing thousands of software titles to the PC platform. It is expected that this support will result in a large number of 3DNow! optimized offerings coming to market.

"With an installed base of more than 8.5 million 3DNow! technology enhanced processors currently in use around the world, planned to exceed 30 million by the end of 1999, AMD continues to gain support from additional hardware and software developers who recognize the significant presence and momentum 3DNow! technology has in the retail marketplace," said S. Atiq Raza, AMD co-chief operating officer and chief technical officer.

"3DNow! technology has the installed base and momentum within the industry that will continue to attract additional support from software and hardware developers, independent of Intel's KNI. This announcement validates that AMD can develop innovative technology, garner critical support within the industry, and innovate again."

3DNow!(TM) Technology Receives Widespread Support

These twelve publishers and developers announced today plan to deliver a substantial number of titles that will offer optimized performance when used in conjunction with AMD's latest processors. Included in the significant number of future titles are: Tomb Raider III, Quake III Arena, Daikatana, Loose Cannon, Drakken, Striker, Slave Zero, Messiah, Duke Nukem Forever, and Descent3. These 3DNow! optimized titles will deliver an enhanced gaming experience on systems using an AMD-K6(R)-2, AMD-K6-III, or AMD-K7(TM) processor.

All of the top graphic accelerator developers including 3Dfx, ATI, Matrox, and nVidia are shipping optimizations for the 3DNow! technology in their 3D graphics accelerator drivers. 3DNow! technology is also supported in Microsoft's DirectX 6.x application programming interface (API), as well as the OpenGL graphics development standard developed by Silicon Graphics. Applications written to the DirectX 6.x API seamlessly take advantage of 3DNow! technology to enable fast geometry processing power which enhances gameplay.

3DNow! technology has also been incorporated into non-gaming applications such as IBM's ViaVoice, Live Art 98, Total Home 3D Deluxe and a number of PC DVD players. 3DNow! implementations have resulted in faster voice recognition, better quality images, faster rendering times with better lighting, and soft DVD playback in PCs at lower system price points.

AMD's Developer Relations Program

AMD's extensive developer relations program provides strategic software and hardware developers with the resources and technical support required to enhance the performance of their products through integrated support for 3DNow! technology. Additional AMD support includes a complete 3DNow! software developer kit including constantly updated software tools, on-line technical support, comprehensive documentation and one-on-one training sessions.

Innovative 3DNow!(TM) Technology Leads Industry -0-

3DNow! technology has received numerous industry awards, including: -- Most Innovative Technology of the Year for 1998 (Maximum PC) -- Technical Innovation Award for 1998 (PC Magazine) -- Hardware Breakthrough of the Year (PC Games) -- Technology of the Year (Game Asylum) -0-

AMD pioneered 3D and multimedia instruction extensions with the introduction of the AMD-K6-2 processor in May 1998. AMD's 3DNow! technology is a set of 21 processor instructions using superscalar SIMD (Single Instruction Multiple Data) performance capabilities to significantly improve the processor's ability to handle floating-point calculations, dramatically improving 3D graphics, audio and or multimedia performance for PC users. 6 SIMD functionality enables AMD processors to execute multiple floating-point calculations per clock cycle, resulting in a more realistic visual computing experience when supported within software or hardware. 3DNow! technology was developed in collaboration with key partners -- including Microsoft(R), a host of other software makers, and many independent hardware vendors.

This collaboration provides developers with the ability to deliver fast, more realistic 3D graphics applications based on the latest technologies. New optimized titles continue to be added. For a complete list of hardware and software products that support 3DNow! technology, visit the AMD web site at www.amd.com/products/cpg/k623d/optimized.html.

About AMD

AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices, and products for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, AMD had revenues of $2.5 billion in 1998. (NYSE:AMD).

Cautionary Statement Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements of management's expectations involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include whether the alliance described herein will result in the expected benefits and be successful. Investors are urged to consult the risks and uncertainties detailed in the company reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WORLD WIDE WEB: Press announcements and other information about AMD are available on the Internet via the World Wide Web. Type amd.com at the URL prompt.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Readers may obtain additional information by calling 800/222-9323 or 408/749-5703.

AMD, the AMD logo, K6, 3DNow!,AMD-K7 and combinations thereof are trademarks, and AMD-K6 is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

--30--dl/sf* azs/sf CONTACT: AMD

Drew P

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To: Ben Antanaitis who wrote (6792)2/11/1999 9:33:00 AM
From: Ben Antanaitis
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Based on 2/10/99 CBOE data, the Feb'99 Max Pain Point&#153 for AMD is $22.50, yesterday's closing price was $16 5/8.

Ben A.

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To: Richard P. Roberts who wrote (6818)2/11/1999 11:29:00 AM
From: James Yu
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AMD Got Game.

news.com

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To: James Yu who wrote (6820)2/12/1999 9:24:00 AM
From: DRBES
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re: "http://quicken.excite.com/investments/news/story/?story=/news/stories/bw/19990211/a1479.htm&symbol=AMD"

and

"http://www.marketwatch.newsalert.com/bin/story?StoryId=CnSjJ0bKbyte0nZK&FQ=c%25AMD%20&Title=Headlines%20for%3A%20AMD%0A"

The avalanche continues!

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DARBES

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To: DRBES who wrote (6821)2/21/1999 9:09:00 PM
From: James Yu
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To All,
Bloomberg news
Advanced Micro to Unveil K6-3 Chip to Fight Intel's Pentium III
California, Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Intel Corp.'s biggest rival in the microprocessor market, tomorrow will unveil its K6-3 chip, aimed at both business users and home personal-computer buyers. The new chip, which will sell for $284 and $476 depending on its speed, is designed to compete with Intel's new Pentium III. Unlike previous AMD chips, it runs Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT software at comparable rates to Intel's, AMD said. Windows NT is the Microsoft operating system used mostly by businesses. AMD needs new chips that command higher prices. Earlier this month, the company said it may report an operating loss in the first quarter because it's slashing prices to compete with Intel.
''The K6-3 outperforms the Pentium III,'' said Dana Krelle, a marketing vice president at Sunnyvale, California-based AMD. The challenge for AMD is making enough of the new chips. The company, which has long been dogged by production problems, stumbled in the fourth quarter when it reported weaker-than-expected earnings because of a design flaw in its K6-2 chip that rippled through the manufacturing process, hurting output. Personal computers built with 400-megahertz K6-3s are in stores now, AMD said. PCs built with the more powerful 450-megahertz chips will be out in March. Megahertz measures the speed at which a microprocessor handles instructions. AMD claims the new K6-3 running at 450 MHz will outperform a Pentium III running at 500 MHz because of superior design. The comparison is based on machines running Windows 98, AMD said. On Windows NT, Microsoft's more powerful operating system, the 450-MHz K6-3 is slightly slower than a Pentium III running at 500 MHz, Krelle said. AMD hopes the new chip will help it win sales of corporate PCs, a market controlled by Intel. AMD will keep making its K6-2 chip at higher speeds. It is about to unveil a new 450 MHz K6-2 that will sell for $203. The K6-2 has been one of AMD's most successful chips. By selling it at a discount to the Pentium, AMD took market share from Intel in the market for PCs costing less than $1,000, one of the fastest growing segments of the computer market. Intel countered by cutting prices on its low-end Celeron processor, making it more attractive to makers of cheaper PCs. That forced AMD to cut prices and warn of the possible loss. AMD shares rose 1/2 to 17 5/8 on Friday. They've fallen about 40 percent in the last three months. Shares of Santa Clara, California-based Intel fell 1/16 to 128 1/16 on Friday. They've risen 13 percent in the last three months.

1999 Bloomberg, LP. All rights reserved.

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To: James Yu who wrote (6822)2/22/1999 10:17:00 AM
From: James Yu
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More news...

Bloomberg news
KRYOTECH RELEASES 500MHZ COOL K6(TM)-III WITH AMD'S ADVANCED TRI Cache(TM) Design And 3DNow!(TM) Technology
Ultra-Fast PC Outperforms Intel's Soon-to-be-Released 500MHz Pentium(R) III COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- KryoTech, Inc. today announced a 500MHz PC based on the new AMD-K6(R)-III/400 processor with 3DNow!(TM) technology. The 500MHz KryoTech Cool K6(TM)-III outperforms systems based on Intel's soon-to-be-released, top-of-the-line 500MHz Pentium(R) III by as much as 30% in a variety of recognized industry benchmarks. ZD Winstone99 ZD CPUmark32 Quake2 Demo1 Quake2 Crusher KryoTech Cool K6-III, 500MHz 25.2 1,560 94.2 fps 67.0 fps Intel Pentium III System, 500MHz 23.3 1,250 77.1 fps 51.2 fps Difference 8% 24% 22% 30% Sources: KryoTech, Inc. (Cool K6-III results) and firingsquad.com
(Pentium III results) KryoTech's minus 40C cooling system enables the AMD-K6-III/400 processor core, 64KB of integrated Level 1 cache, and 256KB of integrated Level 2 cache to run at the full thermally-accelerated processor speed of 500MHz. By contrast, Intel's external air-cooled Level 2 cache runs at only half the processor speed. KryoTech calls the high-performance combination of AMD's advanced TriLevel Cache(TM) design and its vapor phase refrigeration system Cool Cache(TM).
"With the Cool K6-III, consumer enthusiasts and business power users who need speed can experience tomorrow's performance today," said Rob DiGiacomo, vice president of marketing at KryoTech. "Why wait for Intel to deliver this level of performance?"
"We are very pleased to be working with KryoTech on the Cool K6-III line of PCs," said Dana Krelle, vice president of marketing at AMD. "The performance of the 500MHz Cool K6-III with AMD's advanced TriLevel Cache design and 3DNow! technology sets the new high-water mark for power users everywhere." KryoTech is selling the 500MHz Cool K6-III in a barebones configuration for $1,250 (U.S. retail). The company is taking orders online at kryotech.com for
immediate delivery. The Cool K6-III also is available in complete system configurations from KryoTech Authorized Resellers listed on the company's website. KryoTech, the leader of Cool Computing(R), provides value-added thermal management solutions for the computer and semiconductor industries. The privately held company was founded in 1996 by executives and engineers from NCR Corporation. AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces
processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices, and products for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $2.5 billion in 1998.

SOURCE KryoTech, Inc.
1999 Bloomberg, LP. All rights reserved.


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To: James Yu who wrote (6823)2/26/1999 10:16:00 AM
From: James Yu
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Bloomberg news
AMD BASED DESKTOP PCS CAPTURE THE LEAD IN US RETAIL SALES
RESTON, Va., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The AMD-K6(R) family of desktop PC processors outsold all Intel-based desktop PCs (including Pentium II(R) and Celeron combined) in the U.S. retail market for the first time, according to PC Data's January Retail Hardware Report. The AMD-K6(R) family of processors accounted for 43.9 percent of all desktop PC processor unit sales in January. AMD benefited from a strong demand for under $1,000 PCs that accounted for over 65 percent of the market in January, the first time this price segment has exceeded 60 percent of overall unit sales.
"This is a major milestone for AMD. This is the first time that a processor family, other than one manufactured by Intel, led the U.S. retail market," said Stephen Baker, senior hardware analyst at PC Data. Overall, U.S. retail sales in January rose 21.7 percent over last year bolstered by year-over-year growth in the sub- $1,000 segment of more than 180 percent. January unit sales in the sub-$1000 price segment accounted for a record 65.6 percent of unit sales, up from 51 percent in December 1998 and less than 28 percent in January 1998. Revenue fell by 2.3 percent versus last January, as the average selling price fell to a new low of $953, a 6 percent decline from December 1998 and a 19.7 percent decline from the January 1998 price of $1,187. AMD achieved market leadership status with strong results across all the key price points. Overall, AMD led with 43.9 percent of unit sales followed by Intel at 40.3 percent and Cyrix with 15.8 percent. In the fast growing sub-$1,000 market, AMD captured more than 50 percent of sales with Intel behind at 25.4 percent and Cyrix in third place with 24 percent. In the sub-$800 desktop market, AMD led with 45.1 percent, Cyrix finished second with 40.3 percent and Intel placed third with 14.6 percent. In the above-$1000 market, Intel maintained its leadership position with more than two-thirds of unit sales. Compaq maintained its overall leadership among OEMs, with 31.6 percent market share despite a year-over-year unit decline of 7 percent. Hewlett-Packard, rebounding from a dismal fourth quarter, accounted for 25.5 percent of unit sales -- its best showing since last September. IBM rounded out the top three with 12.8 percent unit share, with a unit increase of nearly 50 percent. The best-selling individual PC at retail in January was the Hewlett-Packard 4450, a Celeron 366-based machine with an average selling price of $874. The Compaq Presario 5204, a K6-2 350MHz item, finished second at an average selling price of $799. Finishing third was another AMD K6-2 product, the Hewlett-Packard 4440, which sports a 333MHz item and sells at an average retail price of $732. Based in Reston, VA, PC Data has been providing point-of-sale data since 1991 and has become the only comprehensive source of software and hardware sales information.
The company provides software and hardware vendors with the point-of-sale data and analysis which forms the underpinning of their strategic decision-making process. PC Data supplies sales information to more than 800 software and hardware firms, which account for nearly 95 percent of total computer industry sales. The company's latest initiative includes PCData, an Internet monitoring service. In addition to tracking software and hardware sales through retailers, PC Data also tracks sales through educational resellers, corporate resellers and distributors. For more information on this and other retail reports, please contact PC Data via its Web site at www.pcdata.com or by phone at 703-435-1025. SOURCE PC Data

1999 Bloomberg, LP. All rights reserved.

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