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TYAN® ANNOUNCES FIRST DUAL AMD ATHLON™ MP PROCESSOR PLATFORM -- Tyan Thunder K7 Enables AMD to Enter Fast-Growing Server/Workstation Markets --

Fremont, CA, June 5, 2001
Tyan® Computer Corporation today announced that Tyan has initiated shipments of the world's first dual-processor DDR-based platform for AMD's (NYSE: AMD) new line of AMD Athlon™ MP processors for servers and workstations. The Thunder K7 system board utilizes breakthrough chipset technology and includes a host of integrated features.

Tyan, a leading designer and manufacturer of Internet infrastructure products and system board solutions, is the first supplier of system boards using the new AMD-760™ MP chipset. The Thunder K7 is the first platform to offer users an alternative solution in the dual-processor market.

Designed around the new AMD-760 MP chipset, the Thunder K7 supports AMD's new server/workstation processors, providing exciting new levels of performance. This performance gain is due in large part to the independent data paths between the chipset and the processors and the high-speed interconnect to the DDR interface. Unlike competing designs, each processor has its own data path to and from the AMD-760 MP chipset, removing bus contention between the processors, and increasing overall throughput.

The Thunder K7 is available in two versions, one for servers and one for workstations. The server version includes on-board VGA and server management options, while the workstation version includes an AGP Pro slot. Both models features a wide variety of integrated functions such as 64-bit PCI slots, Double Data Rate (DDR) memory support, dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI and dual Fast Ethernet controllers.

"Tyan and AMD's strategic partnership has produced one of the most exciting products in Tyan's history. The first of its kind in the world, the Thunder K7, along with the new AMD Athlon MP server and workstation processors, will provide OEMs, VARs and System Integrators new levels of performance and integration," stated Symon Chang, founder and CEO of Tyan.

"AMD appreciates the amount of work and support Tyan has supplied towards the launch of AMD's new multiprocessor architecture," said Rich Heye, vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "With support for the new AMD-760 MP dual processor chipset and our point-to-point front side bus technology, Tyan's Thunder K7 platform ushers in a new level of performance for both the workstation and server environments."

Thunder K7 (S2462) Features

  • Dual PGA462 sockets support up to two AMD Server/Workstation processors
  • AMD-760™ MP chipset supports a 266/200MHz system bus
  • Four DDR DIMM sockets support 3.5GB of PC1600/2100 Registered DDR RAM, including ECC
  • Integrated dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI, dual 10/100BaseT LAN connections, ATI RAGE XL graphics controller, optional Q-Logic IPMI-compliant server management and DMA/100 support
  • Five 64/32-bit 33MHz (5V) PCI expansion slots
  • One AGP Pro slo2t, also supports 4x AGP mode
  • Extended ATX form factor (13" x 12")

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About the AMD-760™ MP Chipset

The AMD-760™ MP chipset is AMD's high performance two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon™ MP processor. It consists of two chips-the AMD-762™ system controller, or northbridge, and the AMD-766™ peripheral bus controller, or southbridge. The AMD-760 MP chipset unleashes the power of DDR memory technology, which combines with other sophisticated core logic in memory and I/O control and system and power management, to provide a powerful solution for server and workstation platforms. The AMD-760 MP chipset supports the AMD Athlon MP processor with both a 200MHz and 266MHz front side bus, as well as PC1600 and PC2100 DDR memory and 4xAGP graphics.

About the AMD Athlon™ MP Processor

The AMD Athlon MP processor features 384 KB of on-chip, full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch (256KB of on-chip level (L2) cache and 128 Kbytes of on-chip level (L1) cache), a superscalar floating-point unit, and support for AMD's 3DNow! Professional instructions for enhanced multimedia capabilities.

The AMD Athlon MP processor with Smart MP technology is compatible with AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 266MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus.  AMD Athlon MP processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy awarded AMD an ENERGY STAR® Certificate of Recognition for its energy-efficient processors, including the AMD Athlon MP processor. These processors help manufacturers meet stringent ENERGY STAR specifications for a variety of appliances, equipment and other products. Products with the ENERGY STAR label are designed to use less energy, save money and help protect the environment. 

About Tyan

Tyan Computer Corporation, founded in 1989 by long-time Intel and IBM executive Dr. T. Symon Chang, designs, manufactures and markets advanced system board technology. Its products are sold to OEMs, Systems Integrators, VARs and Resellers worldwide. Over the last decade, Tyan has consistently been one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Tyan was named to the prestigious INC 500 in 1997 and 1998 (19th fastest growing U.S. company in 1997). Tyan was also ranked by Deloitte & Touche as one of the USA's "Fast 500", as well as one of Silicon Valley's "Fast 50" companies in 1998. For more information, contact Tyan directly at 510-651-8868 or visit the company's World Wide Web site at

About AMD

AMD  is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).

Tyan and Thunder K7 are registered trademarks of Tyan Computer Corporation. AMD, the AMD logo, AMD Athlon and combinations thereof, and AMD-760 are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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