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Advanced Micro Devices
Please describe the work that you are doing that you consider to be the most innovative and of the greatest likely long-term significance.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the computing, communications, and consumer electronics markets. AMD produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon solutions for communications and networking applications.
AMD has sales offices in major cities around the globe and operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD is a truly global company deriving more than 70 percent of its revenues from international markets. Shares of the company trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AMD.
AMD develops products through an intense focus on customer needs, and not for the sake of innovation alone. This guiding philosophy of “customer-centric innovation” influences each and every decision at AMD, driving everything from product development to relationships with partners, customers, and users.
AMD believes that what a company stands for is as important as what it produces. Our determination and passion for what we do compels us to keep looking for the next opportunity to succeed, whether it is the development of innovative, customer-focused technology or the chance to share hard work and rewards with our valued end users, partners, and customers. The culture of AMD is characterized by an indomitable will to persevere and prosper in one of the world’s most competitive industries.
Millions of home and business users around the world rely on the industry-leading performance of Microsoft® Windows®-compatible microprocessors from AMD to power their desktop and mobile personal computers (PCs), workstations, and servers.
The world’s leading global computer makers, including such premier companies as HP, IBM, and Fujitsu-Siemens, sell personal and enterprise computer systems based on the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Opteron™ processors. The award-winning AMD Opteron processor for enterprise-class servers and workstations is the highest performing 2- and 4-way server processor in the world, allowing businesses to grow into 64-bit computing at their own pace by delivering outstanding performance on both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
Both the AMD Opteron and the AMD Athlon 64 processors feature AMD64 technology, the first 64-bit microprocessor technology compatible with x86, the industry’s most common architecture. The AMD Opteron processor, for servers and workstations, and the AMD Athlon 64 processor, which extends the performance of 64-bit computing to desktop and mobile PCs, are the only processors in the world designed to run today’s 32-bit software with the next generation of industry-standard 64-bit software — simultaneously and without compromise. AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon 64 processors extend AMD’s heritage of delivering exceptional performance to end users and contribute to AMD’s vision of pervasive 64-bit computing.
Non-Volatile Flash Memory
Flash memory is a critical enabling technology for a wide variety of products such as mobile phones, consumer electronics, automotive systems, PCs and peripherals, networking, and telecommunications devices. Simply put, Flash memory retains information in the absence of power. AMD, in a joint venture with Fujitsu, markets Flash memory products under the Spansion™ global product brand name. Spansion Flash memory solutions are available worldwide from AMD and Fujitsu, and encompass a broad spectrum of densities and features to support a wide range of markets.
Personal Connectivity Solutions
AMD’s Personal Connectivity Solutions (PCS) group serves the non-PC Internet appliance market, which includes devices such as Web tablets, automotive navigation and entertainment systems, home and small-office networking, and communication devices. AMD Alchemy™ Solutions include low-power, high-performance MIPS® technology-based processors, wireless technologies, development boards, and reference design kits. AMD Geode™ Solutions family of integrated x86 processors includes x86-based embedded processors and a wide range of system solutions. These offerings provide balance to AMD’s product portfolio and position the company for success in emerging markets.
Research and Development
AMD’s industry-leading R&D achievements enable customer solutions with an optimal mix of higher performance, greater functionality, and lower power requirements.
To help ensure continued competitiveness, AMD invests in state-of-the-art technology research many years in advance of first commercial use, and is already well underway in developing high-performance technologies targeted at the second half of the decade.
Current R&D programs take place at AMD’s state-of-the-art facilities in Sunnyvale, California and Dresden, Germany, with joint manufacturing process technology development work currently performed at IBM’s Semiconductor Research and Development Center in East Fishkill, New York.
AMD Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM)
APM is a comprehensive suite of more than 200 AMD patented and patent-pending technologies that serve as the central nervous system of AMD manufacturing facilities (fabs). APM 2.0, powering AMD’s 200mm Fab 30 and the Spansion Flash memory Fab 25, enables an unprecedented combination of automated process decision making and automated material handling, allowing AMD to cost-effectively meet its customers’ high-volume, high-quality requirements on a global basis.
Fab 30, AMD’s advanced manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, produces high-performance microprocessors using leading-edge 130-nanometer process technology. Fab 30 is the first European semiconductor manufacturing facility to use copper interconnects in its production processes and is a leader in the production of Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) based products.
AMD and Fujitsu’s joint venture manufacturing facilities, Fab 25 in Austin, Texas, and Fabs JV1, JV2, and JV3 in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, produce innovative, low-voltage Spansion Flash memory devices using 130- and 170-nanometer technology.
AMD’s “back-end” manufacturing facilities, where product assembly, testing, and packaging take place, play an essential role in producing high-quality, consistent solutions. These facilities are high-tech plants in their own right, and each product must pass through one or more of these carefully controlled environments before reaching a customer. AMD’s back-end manufacturing facilities are located in Penang, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore and Suzhou, China.
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