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Post by Apoptosis » Tue Aug 09, 2005 8:42 am


- SimNow, a High-Performance x86 Platform Simulator, Extends Access to "Pacifica" Virtualization Technology -
SAN FRANCISCO - August 9, 2005 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the
upcoming availability of SimNow, a high-performance AMD64 simulator that
provides software developers with access to features of AMD's
next-generation processor technologies, including AMD's virtualization
technology, code named "Pacifica." SimNow is designed to enable
software developers to emulate single- and dual-core AMD Athlon(tm) 64
and AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based systems that run commercial
operating systems and applications, and to allow them to write and test
software in advance of the commercial availability of processors
implementing the features.

"AMD is demonstrating our strong support for the software development
community by making our high-performance AMD64 simulator, SimNow, free
to developers," said Joe Menard, corporate vice president, Software
Strategy, AMD. "By providing leading-edge tools and features to the ISV
community, and enabling access to next-generation technologies such as
'Pacifica' ahead of the commercial availability of next-generation
processors, we expect SimNow to enable a richer commercial and embedded
software ecosystem for AMD64 technology, the gold standard for 64-bit

"The SimNow Simulator is a significant factor behind superior SUSE Linux
support of the AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron processors. Not only does
it allow us to develop for new chip designs prior to their physical
creation, it also provides us with important debug capabilities,
accelerating the process," said Eric Anderson, vice president of
engineering for Novell. "We are excited about AMD's decision to make
this tool available to a broader audience and are looking forward to
this new release of SimNow."

By making SimNow generally available, AMD is providing software
developers with a high-performance development tool that is designed to
allow them to develop and tune software for the AMD64 architecture. As
the AMD64
architecture continues to evolve, SimNow is designed to be a tool to
enable developers to test and tune their software to ensure the best
possible end-user experience.
SimNow will include a workable model of "Pacifica" virtualization
technology. Available in the first half of 2006, "Pacifica" has been
developed to extend AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture to
enhance virtualization for clients and servers by introducing a new
model and features into the processor and memory controller.
The SimNow code will be available for download by August 22, at

About AMD64
AMD64 technology is the gold standard for 64-bit computing. AMD64's
Direct Connect Architecture evolves industry standards to deliver
break-through performance on single- and dual-core processors by
directly connecting the processors, the memory controller and the I/O to
the CPU. AMD64 technology is also designed to enhance the security of
computing environments by integrating Enhanced Virus Protection*
technology enabled by advanced anti-virus features, including those
found in the current versions Microsoft(r) Windows(r), Linux, Solaris
and BSD Unix. Today, more than 75 of the top 100 companies in the Forbes
Global 2000 or their subsidiaries, representing the world's most
competitive industries, now rely on AMD64 technology-based systems to
run their enterprise applications. Since their introduction in 2003,
AMD64 processors have earned more than 120 industry awards and the
support of more than 2,000 OEMs, hardware and software developers,
system builders and distributors. For more information on AMD64
technology, see

About AMD
AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash
memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer,
communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to
delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology
users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers.
For more information visit

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