AMD Works with Linux Community on Sledgehammer

BOSTON (08/15/2000) - Open source developers, such as Red Hat Inc. and SuSE GmbH, are committed to developing Linux applications to run on the soon-to-be-released Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) 64-bit Sledgehammer chip.

This week during the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, California, Linux developers are expected to announce their support of the new 64-bit chip that can also run 32-bit applications on the same silicon. Paul McNamara, vice president of Red Hat's products and platforms division, and SuSE President Volker Wiegand, in a statement Monday, said they are pleased to be working with AMD and for the open-source community to be developing 64-bit software.

Code Sourcery LLC and Ada Core Technologies Inc. also are involved in AMD's x86-64 architecture.

AMD last week released the specifications on its new x86-64 architecture for Sledgehammer to allow developers to begin creating the necessary compilers, applications and software that will run on the AMD chip. The chip is expected out at the end of 2001.

The AMD x86-64 architecture is designed to support applications that use large amounts of physical and virtual memory, such as high performance servers, database management systems and CAD (computer-aided design) tools. AMD, traditionally, has gone after more of the consumer market, but the Sledgehammer chip seeks to enter the corporate server and desktop market.

AMD, in Sunnyvale, California, can be reached at +1-408-732-2400 or at Red Hat, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, can be reached at +1-919-547-0012 or SuSE GmbH, in Nuremburg, Germany can be reached at +49-911-740-5331 or at

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