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March 10, 2009

AMD Launches World’s First 40nm Graphics Processors: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4830

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AMD Launches World’s First 40nm Graphics Processors: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4830

− Cutting-edge technology process and advanced memory technologies combine as AMD delivers highly mobile yet high-performance DirectX® 10.1 gaming and rich HD content −

Hannover, Germany (CeBIT) — 3rd March 2009 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the world’s first graphics processors to harness 40nm process technology: the ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 4860 and ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 4830. These feature-rich graphics processors redefine mobile PC entertainment with advanced capabilities including support for the latest Microsoft DirectX® 10.1 games, a home theater-quality HD multimedia experience, and energy-efficient features for long battery life at work, at home or at play.
“People now decidedly prefer mobile PCs, and innovations like this 40nm mobile GPU show AMD is uniquely positioned to make the best entertainment experiences of desktop PCs possible in a notebook,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “Depending on the performance of the panel or external monitor, laptops that feature these tiny, powerful but efficient graphics engines can run today’s most demanding game titles at beyond 1080p HD resolution, or playback full 1080p HD video with high energy efficiency thanks to ATI PowerPlay™ and 40nm process technology.”

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 graphics will be featured in the forthcoming Asus K notebook.

“ASUS always strives to be first to deliver the newest and most advanced technology to our customers and launching the Asus K series Notebook with these new graphics processors from AMD demonstrates that,” said Henry Yeh, GM of ASUS’ Notebook Business Unit.

The new 40nm production process allows notebook manufacturers to deliver more graphics horsepower in a smaller ASIC die size, giving people access to highly capable discrete graphics ideal for smaller notebooks. This milestone marks the fifth consecutive first-to-market process transition for ATI graphics processors.

“AMD always seeks to deliver the most advanced, yet relevant technology to our customers,” continued Bergman. “We were first with DirectX® 10.1 support, first to design graphics cards supporting GDDR5 memory technology, first with WHQL certified drivers for Windows Vista®, first to launch a unified shader architecture, and for the fifth consecutive time, first to launch GPUs based on a new process node. That’s a meaningful track record of reliable execution for our customers.”

“AMD continues to push the envelope of graphics processor performance, energy efficiency, and leading features with the introduction of its 40nm graphics processors,” said Mark Liu, senior vice president, Advanced Technology Business, TSMC. “TSMC and AMD have a long history of success bringing the first graphics processors to market on new process technologies, including 90nm, 80nm, 65nm, 55nm and now 40nm.”

The GPU for the best mobile HD entertainment
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics processors feature powerful 3D engines derived from the award-winning ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 desktop series architecture with support for DirectX 10.1. Take crisp, detail-rich images and outstanding visual effects wherever you go for unparalleled levels of 3D gaming realism. The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 supports GDDR5 memory technology contributing to stunning improvements in game play and performance with nearly twice the memory bandwidth of GDDR3.

Home theater enthusiasts can enjoy a portable HD experience with full 1080p HD viewing on HD-capable displays and or TVs. People can upscale to nearly twice the display resolution of HD content or watch standard definition video in near-HD quality with enhanced DVD up-scaling*. The second generation AMD Unified Video Decoder (UVD) keeps the CPU free to run social media applications or virus scan while UVD helps process intensive content such as Blu-ray movies. This helps lower power consumption and reduces the need for high fan settings, enabling a quieter and cooler laptop experience.

Leading energy efficiency
Additional power-saving features include ATI PowerPlay™, ATI PowerXpress™, and ATI™ Switchable Graphics™ technologies.

Availability
Initially the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics processors are available in quality notebooks from leading notebook manufacturer ASUS, with models planned for availability beginning in Q2 2009. For more information visit www.amd.com/mobility/hd4800

Get more information on ATI Mobility Radeon™ graphics processors
Read what AMD’s Rick Bergman has to say about 40nm mobile graphics on AMD Blogs
Check out the images of the new ATI Mobility Radeon™ graphics processors
About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and industry partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Footnotes: * Subject to available monitor resolution. The ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4800 Series GPUs can upscale video display to 2560×1600 on dual-link monitors which is almost twice the display resolution of 1080p displays in AC mode only.

© 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, Radeon 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

Bruce Claflin Appointed AMD Chairman of the Board

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Bruce Claflin Appointed AMD Chairman of the Board

—Waleed Al Mokarrab, COO of Mubadala Development Company, appointed to AMD Board of Directors—

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 2nd March 2009 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Bruce Claflin has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors. Mr. Claflin replaces Hector Ruiz, who retired from AMD’s Board in conjunction with assuming the position of Chairman of the Board of “The Foundry Company”. Mr. Claflin has been a member of AMD’s Board of Directors since August, 2003.
The AMD Board also appointed Waleed Al Mokarrab to the Board. Mr. Al Mokarrab is chief operating officer of Mubadala Development Company.

“Bruce Claflin brings a wealth of business experience that applies directly to the challenges and opportunities relevant to our company,” said Dirk Meyer, president and chief executive officer of AMD. “We are also honored to welcome Waleed Al Mokarrab to the Board. His experience in business development across a broad range of industries will be an invaluable asset to AMD.”

Mr. Meyer continues in his role as president and CEO, and as a member of the AMD Board of Directors.

Mr. Claflin has 33 years of experience in senior positions with IBM, Digital Equipment and most recently as CEO and member of the board of directors of 3Com Corporation, a provider of voice and data networking products and services. He has run major personal computer businesses and has extensive international experience, including the founding and management of international joint ventures. In 2006, Mr. Claflin retired from 3Com Corporation. Mr. Claflin is also a member of the board of directors for Ciena Corporation.

Waleed Al Mokarrab is the Chief Operating Officer of Mubadala. His primary responsibilities are to oversee Mubadala’s operational and business development activities. These include Mubadala’s international acquisitions and business development activities across a broad range of industries such as healthcare, education, energy, infrastructure, aerospace, real estate and technology. Prior to joining Mubadala, Mr. Al Mokarrab worked with the UAE Offsets Group as a Senior Projects Manager. He brought with him a wealth of experience from McKinsey & Company where he worked as a Consultant, advising on a range of industrial and governmental projects.

AMD Closes “Asset Smart” Transaction – Fulfills Vision to Create Two Leadership Companies Capable of Delivering Transformative Innovation and Impact to the Global Technology Industry

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AMD Closes “Asset Smart” Transaction – Fulfills Vision to Create Two Leadership Companies Capable of Delivering Transformative Innovation and Impact to the Global Technology Industry

— AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company form well-resourced U.S. based global semiconductor manufacturing services company —

— Strategic partner Mubadala Development Company increases stake in AMD —

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 2nd March 2009 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for the formal launch of the world’s only U.S.-headquartered semiconductor foundry, temporarily called “The Foundry Company.” The Foundry Company is expected to formally launch and disclose its new name and visual identity later this week.
AMD received $700 million from ATIC for a portion of its ownership interests in The Foundry Company, The Foundry Company assumed responsibility for the repayment of approximately $1.1 billion of associated AMD debt, and Mubadala paid AMD approximately $125 million1 for 58 million newly issued AMD shares and warrants for 35 million additional shares.

“With the close of this historic transaction, AMD and its committed partners have conceived two strong industry-leading companies capable of charting future courses that will dramatically improve the technology industry,” said Dirk Meyer, president and chief executive officer of AMD. “Our ‘Asset Smart’ strategy is about more than providing AMD with long term access to world-class, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing that is foundational to our growth strategy. It is about transforming the industry. ATIC is the ideal partner to help scale AMD’s forty years of semiconductor expertise, and provide a manufacturing foundation for the entire industry to produce the next generation of semiconductor innovations. We are proud of our vision, the opportunities we are creating around the world, and fortunate to have astute, committed strategic partners in Mubadala and ATIC, and we are delighted to welcome Mubadala to the board of AMD. We are confident that this strategy and partnership will enable AMD to achieve long-term success based on designing and integrating industry-leading computing and graphics technologies that deliver compelling user experiences.”

Final Asset Smart Transaction Terms Overview Upon closing, AMD:

Improves its cash position by approximately $825 million, excluding its consolidation of the operations of The Foundry Company for financial reporting purposes, through ATIC’s $700 million payment for a portion of AMD’s ownership interests in The Foundry Company and Mubadala’s purchase for approximately $125 million of 58 million newly issued AMD shares of common stock and warrants for 35 million additional shares;
Will appoint a Mubadala designee as a member of its board of directors; and
Has the option, but not any requirement, to provide additional capital funding to The Foundry Company in response to future capital calls.

Upon closing, The Foundry Company:

Has a total enterprise value of approximately $4.3 billion, consisting of AMD’s contribution of manufacturing assets and liabilities, (including its fabrication facilities in Dresden), intellectual property and employees valued together at approximately $1.8 billion; ATIC’s contribution of $1.4 billion in new capital; and approximately $1.1 billion of debt assumed by The Foundry Company from AMD;
Will be consolidated with AMD for purposes of financial reporting;
Has a board of directors whose membership is equally divided between representatives appointed by AMD and ATIC;
Has only AMD and ATIC as stockholders, each of which owns 50 percent of the outstanding shares of The Foundry Company and has a 50 percent voting interest in The Foundry Company;
Is owned 34.2 percent by AMD and 65.8 percent by ATIC on a fully converted to common shares basis. ATIC’s fully converted ownership may increase over time based on the differences in securities held by AMD and ATIC, and depending on whether AMD elects to invest proportionately with ATIC in future capital infusions to support The Foundry Company’s growth.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the company’s planned products and technologies, 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; the company’s Asset Smart strategy will be less beneficial than anticipated; 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; demand for computers and, in turn, demand for the company’s products will be lower than currently expected; 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; and the company will be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development that is required to remain competitive. 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 27, 2008.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

About ATIC
The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) was created in 2008. A technology investment company wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, ATIC is focused on making significant investments in the advanced technology sector, both locally and internationally. Its mandate is to generate returns that deliver long-term benefits to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

ATIC seeks to leverage the unique advantages it enjoys as an investor from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to identify and realize long-term investment opportunities in the highly competitive and capital-intensive advanced technology sector. These advantages include significant and reliable capital, a patient investment philosophy, and a subsequently long-term investment horizon. For more information about ATIC visit http://www.advancedtechnologyic.com.

About “The Foundry Company”
The Foundry Company will be a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor foundry. The Foundry Company will combine advanced process technology and industry-leading manufacturing facilities. The cornerstone of production for The Foundry Company will be industry-leading manufacturing facilities in Dresden, Germany with future plans to expand that campus as well as build a state-of-the art facility in Saratoga County, New York. Upon closing, The Foundry Company will have its principal headquarters in Silicon Valley; and its research and development and manufacturing leadership teams and ecosystems in New York, Dresden, and Austin.

About Mubadala Development Company
Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a Public Joint Stock Company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Its focus is on developing and managing an extensive and economically diverse portfolio of commercial initiatives. It does this either independently or in partnership with leading international organizations. Mubadala’s commercial strategy is fundamentally built on long-term capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns.

The company manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional, and international investments, projects and initiatives. Through its investment and development projects, Mubadala is both a catalyst for, and a reflection of, the drive for economic diversification of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Its impact is evident domestically and internationally in sectors such as energy, aerospace, real estate, healthcare, technology, infrastructure, and services.

Mubadala’s sole shareholder is the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information about Mubadala, its partnerships and activities please visit http://www.mubadala.ae.

AMD to Host a Webcast in Relation to the Closing of The Foundry Company Manufacturing Joint Venture Transaction

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AMD to Host a Webcast in Relation to the Closing of The Foundry Company Manufacturing Joint Venture Transaction

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 2nd March 2009 –AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Bob Rivet, Chief Operations and Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call at 1 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 5, 2009 to discuss the plans for AMD’s financial reporting, starting in the first fiscal quarter of 2009, taking into account the consummation of The Foundry Company manufacturing joint venture.
A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available on amd.com on the Investor Relations Homepage page:
http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/InvestorRelations/0,,51_306,00.html

A replay of the webcast can be accessed after the conclusion of the live event and will be available for 30 days after the conference call.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company Secure Final Approval Necessary to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

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AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company Secure Final Approval Necessary to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

-AMD stockholders approve additional stock, warrants to Mubadala Development Company -

-Parties committed to transaction close, expected by March 2, 2009-

AUSTIN, Texas — 18th February 2009 –AMD [NYSE: AMD]today announced that its stockholders approved a proposal to issue common stock and warrants to an affiliate of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, paving the way for AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to create “The Foundry Company”.
With the stockholder approval received today, all closing conditions for the creation of “The Foundry Company” manufacturing joint venture have been met, and the transaction is expected to close by March 2, 2009.

AMD stockholders approved a proposal to issue (i) 58 million shares of the company’s common stock and warrants to purchase 35 million shares of its common stock and (ii) 35 million shares of the company’s common stock upon exercise of those warrants to an affiliate of the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, on the terms described in the proxy statement related to the Special Meeting of Stockholders that was held today in Austin, Texas.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and industry partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

About The Foundry Company
The Foundry Company will be a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company created to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities. The Foundry Company will serve this need by combining advanced process technology, industry-leading manufacturing facilities and aggressive plans to scale capacity. The cornerstone of production for The Foundry Company will be industry-leading manufacturing facilities in Dresden, Germany with future plans to expand that campus as well as build a state-of-the art facility in Saratoga County, New York. Upon closing, The Foundry Company will have its principal headquarters in Silicon Valley; and its research and development and manufacturing leadership teams and ecosystems in New York, Dresden, and Austin.

For more information on [The Foundry Company], visit www.newglobalfoundry.com

About ATIC
The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) was created in 2008. A technology investment company wholly owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, ATIC is focused on making significant investments in the advanced technology sector, both locally and internationally. Its mandate is to generate returns that deliver long-term benefits to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

ATIC seeks to leverage the unique advantages it enjoys as an investor from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to identify and realize long-term investment opportunities in the highly competitive and capital-intensive advanced technology sector. These advantages include significant and reliable capital, a patient investment philosophy, and a subsequently long-term investment horizon. For more information about ATIC visit http://www.advancedtechnologyic.com

About Mubadala
Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) is a Public Joint Stock Company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Its focus is on developing and managing an extensive and economically diverse portfolio of commercial initiatives. It does this either independently or in partnership with leading international organizations. Mubadala’s commercial strategy is fundamentally built on long-term capital-intensive investments that deliver strong financial returns.

The company manages a multi-billion dollar portfolio of local, regional, and international investments, projects and initiatives. Through its investment and development projects, Mubadala is both a catalyst for, and a reflection of, the drive for economic diversification of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Its impact is evident domestically and internationally in sectors such as energy, aerospace, real estate, healthcare, technology, infrastructure, and services.

Mubadala’s sole shareholder is the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For more information about Mubadala, its partnerships and activities please visit www.mubadala.ae.

©2009, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Cautionary Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the consummation of The Foundry Company manufacturing joint venture transaction, 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; the company’s Asset Smart strategy will not reach fruition or will be less beneficial than anticipated; the announced transaction for the formation of The Foundry Company and the associated third-party investment will not occur as anticipated; 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; demand for computers and consumer electronics products and, in turn, demand for the company’s products will be lower than currently expected; 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; and the company will be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development and capacity that is required to remain competitive. 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2008.

AMD Hosts Discussion: Business Case for Cloud Computing

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AMD Hosts Discussion: Business Case for Cloud Computing

IDC Cloud Computing Forum, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — 17th February 2009 –At tomorrow’s IDC Cloud Computing Forum in San Francisco, AMD (NYSE: AMD) will host a panel discussion on “Building the Business Case for Cloud Computing: Understanding the Opportunities and Benefits.” Representatives from Accenture, Amazon, AMD, Red Hat, The Shumacher Group, and IDC analyst Frank Gens will discuss strategies to successfully plot and initiate a cloud computing course. In addition, panelists will explore how cloud computing helps companies advance capacity and capabilities without significantly increasing investments.

“As datacenter demands continue to evolve toward web-based application and data delivery, IT costs and energy consumption can sky rocket. We believe businesses can see both cost-savings and workload efficiencies with a cloud computing environment, particularly when utilizing scalable, high value, power-efficient AMD platforms,” said Margaret Lewis, director, commercial software solutions and strategy, AMD. “Next quarter, AMD will take energy-efficient computing to the next level by introducing an even lower power processor specifically designed for the unique demands of cloud computing environments.”

AMD virtualization technology innovation is also driving the evolution of cloud computing infrastructure with OEM, software and channel partners. Details of the leading SPECweb 2005 performance benchmark posted by VMware are included in the current AMD@work blog post, and insights on past and current trends influencing today’s CCEs can be found at AMD@Virtualization.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

AMD Announces Adjournment of Special Meeting of Stockholders Until Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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AMD Announces Adjournment of Special Meeting of Stockholders Until Wednesday, February 18, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — 10th February 2009 –AMD [NYSE: AMD] announced today at its Special Meeting of Stockholders at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin, Texas that the Special Meeting of Stockholders has been adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time, on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin, Texas. At that meeting, a stockholder vote to approve the issuance of AMD shares and warrants pursuant to the Master Transaction Agreement will take place.
The meeting is being adjourned to provide AMD with additional time to solicit proxies from its stockholders to establish the requisite quorum for the conduct of business at the Special Meeting of Stockholders. A majority of AMD’s shares that were outstanding at the close of business on January 15, 2009 need to be present at the meeting, either in person or by proxy, to establish a quorum. As of February 10, approximately 42% of those shares have been voted, with approximately 97% of votes cast in favor of issuing the additional shares and warrants.

The Special Meeting of Stockholders will be webcast at http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/InvestorRelations/0,,51_306_15888,00.html.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and industry partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
AMD has filed a proxy statement pursuant to which AMD’s board of directors is soliciting proxies in connection with seeking AMD stockholder approval of the issuance of AMD shares and warrants pursuant to the Master Transaction Agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC because they contain important information. AMD filed the proxy statement with the SEC on January 16, 2009 and disseminated the proxy statement to its stockholders on or about January 23, 2009. Security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other documents filed by AMD with the SEC at the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov. The proxy statement and other documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting AMD Investor Relations at investor.relations@amd.com or by telephone: (408) 749-4000.

AMD and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from AMD’s stockholders with respect to the issuance of AMD shares and warrants pursuant to the Master Transaction Agreement. Information regarding such executive officers and directors is included in AMD’s Proxy Statement for its 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders filed with the SEC on March 14, 2008, which is available free of charge at the SEC’s web site at http://www.sec.gov and by contacting AMD Investor Relations at investor.relations@amd.com or by telephone: (408) 749-4000. Certain executive officers and directors of AMD have interests in the transaction that may differ from the interests of AMD stockholders generally. These interests are described in the proxy statement pursuant to which AMD’s board of directors is soliciting proxies in connection with seeking AMD stockholder approval of the issuance of AMD shares and warrants pursuant to the Master Transaction Agreement.

AMD Extends the Mainstream Value of Dragon Platform Technology with 45nm AMD Phenom™ II Triple-Core Processors and Foundation for Memory Transition

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AMD Extends the Mainstream Value of Dragon Platform Technology with 45nm AMD Phenom™ II Triple-Core Processors and Foundation for Memory Transition

— New AMD Phenom™ II triple- and quad-core processors fill market needs and provide increased choice for consumers, OEMs and channel partners —

AMD (NYSE: AMD) extended the value and lifespan of its heralded Dragon platform technology today with five new additions to its AMD Phenom™ II processor family, including the industry’s only 45nm triple-core processors and three new AMD Phenom II quad-core processors. These AMD Phenom II processors deliver choice and lay the foundation for memory transition; they fit in either AM2+ or AM3 sockets and support DDR2 or next generation DDR3 memory technology. AMD continues to enhance the Dragon platform technology value to OEM and channel partners as well as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) consumers who build and customize their own PCs.
With a substantial performance boost over the previous generation of AMD Phenom processors, new AMD Phenom II processors deliver an amazing experience at mainstream price points and can help eliminate the substantial cost required by competing platforms which force an immediate upgrade to DDR3 memory. AMD’s strategic architecture design lets consumers customize a PC upgrade path that’s right for their budget and overall experience without being forced to pay substantial amounts of money to upgrade their motherboard and memory technology.

“Whether buying a new desktop PC or upgrading components in an existing system, AMD recognizes consumers are looking for value more than ever before,” said Leslie Sobon, vice president of product marketing, AMD. “With the combination of the infrastructure compatibility and the introduction of the AMD Phenom II triple-core processors, AMD has made two very strategic design decisions that our competitor cannot duplicate at the component or platform level.”

“PC buyers are looking to leverage their technology investments as much as possible in these challenging economic times,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC vice president, Clients and Displays. “Companies that can provide solutions that help offer strong performance and flexibility at attractive price points are clearly going to be at an advantage.”

Extending Triple-Core Innovation
All things being equal, it is an established fact that three cores offer more performance than two, but not as much as four. Typically, the cost of cores would scale in a linear fashion. But what if you could get triple-core performance at a price competitive with dual-core systems? This is the market need that AMD Phenom II triple-core processors have filled. First introduced at 65nm, these new 45nm AMD Phenom II triple-core processors deliver the improvements over the previous generation AMD Phenom processors exhibited by all AMD 45nm desktop processors: better energy efficiency, improved idle power consumption and incredible headroom for tunable performance.1 AMD continues to deliver competitive and affordable solutions addressing the diverse needs of customers and consumers; whether dual-, triple- or quad-core, AMD can provide a platform-level solution that exceeds expectations – all at a competitive price.

Platform Compatibility
When upgrading desktop PCs, the design compatibility of the new AMD Phenom II processors will allow consumers to keep their existing microprocessor technology across AM2+ and AM3 infrastructures. That means AMD Phenom II processors work equally well with either DDR2 or DDR3 memory, allowing customers to choose if and when they wish to upgrade. AMD customers and partners will be able to take advantage of its innovative multi-core technology and experience a compelling solution, especially when combined with AMD’s chipset and graphics processors.

Pricing and Availability
The new triple-core and quad-core AMD Phenom II processors are available immediately at the following frequencies:

AMD Phenom™ II X4 910 - (2.6GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 - (2.6GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 - (2.5GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Black Edition - (2.8GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X3 710 - (2.6GHz)

The triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor is competitively priced at $145 while the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor is priced at $165; the AMD processor allows users to get more cores for less money. The quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 810 processor (2.6GHz) is priced at $175 compared to the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor (2.33GHz) at $170.2

Click for more detail on AMD Phenom II processor pricing
Get more information on AMD Phenom II processors
Read what AMD’s Ian McNaughton has to say about triple-core on AMD Blogs
Find out more about Dragon platform technology and see it in action
Check out the video and images of the new AMD Phenom II processors

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders

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AMD to Webcast Special Meeting Of Stockholders

(NYSE:AMD) will hold a Special Meeting of Stockholders at 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Hilton Austin Airport, 9515 Hotel Drive in Austin, Texas.
AMD will provide a real-time audio webcast of the meeting on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/InvestorRelations/0,,51_306_15888,00.html. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the meeting.

The Proxy Statement is available online at http://www.amd.com/us-en/Corporate/InvestorRelations/0,,51_306_15888,00.html.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

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AMD CMO Nigel Dessau Addresses the Evolution of Technology Trends in Keynote at Handelsblatt Annual Congress

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AMD CMO Nigel Dessau Addresses the Evolution of Technology Trends in Keynote at Handelsblatt Annual Congress

— Dessau details how trends in x86 computing are transforming the way companies do business —

Handelsblatt Annual Congress, Munich — 27th January 2009 –Today at the Handelsblatt Annual Congress in Munich, AMD (NYSE: AMD) Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Nigel Dessau addressed an international audience of CIOs and senior IT managers in a keynote that examined how trends in x86 computing are impacting the way companies operate. Highlighting new 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors launched yesterday as well as the recently announced AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks, Dessau discussed how emerging technologies are transforming both server and client computing environments. Dessau also explored how these trends are driving new approaches to how IT is managed, with cloud computing in particular helping to re-imagine how data is stored, served and accessed.
“x86 computing is at a crossroads. On the server side, we’re seeing cost and space considerations further drive the adoption of virtualization as a way to achieve new efficiencies, while on the client side the user experience is increasingly being defined less by the speed of the processor as considerations like mobility and graphics take center stage,” said Dessau. “Despite these economically uncertain times, IT managers must continue to take advantage of technologies that will help them be more efficient, reduce costs and otherwise be smarter about managing their IT infrastructures.”

AMD has recently enhanced its product line-up, introducing new products and platforms that address these new market realities.

Addressing the industry’s rising demand for low power, cost-saving data center technology, yesterday AMD announced widespread availability of five new highly-efficient 55-watt ACP 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processors along with new power management features that allow customers to immediately recognize power savings and increased virtualization performance.
Announced earlier this month at CES, the new AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks enables exceedingly thin and light designs with rich entertainment capabilities at an affordable price, meeting user demand for lighter, sleeker and more powerful notebooks that suit the new mobile lifestyle.
“As the Internet increasingly becomes an alternate platform for the delivery of applications, data, and services, businesses must be prepared to support cloud computing environments both from the server and client end of the spectrum,” said Dessau.

Read more about Dessau’s keynote at the Handelsblatt conference in his blog at http://blogs.amd.com/nigeldessau/default.aspx.

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