AMD introduces the 29300 fami- AMD provides preview of AMD
by Sixto Ortiz ly of 32-bit chips. Athlon.
AMD and Motorola sign alliance
MAY 1969 APRIL 1987 to develop copper interconnect
AMD is founded by Jerry AMD sues Intel because it feels technology.
Sanders and seven other partners. Intel violated contractual obliga- AMD K6-2 launched. The K6-2
The company incorporates with tions under a 1982 technology runs at 333MHz, has 9.3 million
$100,000. The company uses the sharing agreement. transistors, and is built on a 0.25-
living room of John Carey, one of
MARCH 1991 micron die.
the first original partners, as its first
AMD introduces the Am386
corporate headquarters. 1999
processor family. The processor The K6-III is launched, running at
SEPTEMBER 1969 has a clock speed of 40MHz, speeds of 450MHz, featuring 21.3
The company moves to new 200,000 transistors, and is built on million transistors, and manufactured
headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. w 0.8-micron technology. on a 0.25-micron die. The same year,
1970 FEBRUARY 1992 the AMD Athlon with the Thunderbird
AMD introduces its first propri- Arbitration with Intel ends; AMD core is launched, running at 500MHz,
etary product, the Am2501. is awarded full rights to manufac- 550MHz, and 600MHz on introduc-
ture and market entire line of tion, featuring 37 million transistors,
SEPTEMBER 1972 Am386 processors. and built on a 0.18-micron die.
AMD goes public.
1975 AMD and Fujitsu establish joint The AMD Duron (Spitfire core)
AMD introduces the AM9102, its venture for flash memory. is introduced: 600MHz, 650MHz,
first RAM product. Am486 microprocessor line and 700MHz on introduction; it has
25 million transistors and is manu-
1976 introduced. The initial processors
run at 120MHz, have 1 million tran- factured on a 0.18-micron die.
AMD and Intel sign the first of
four patent cross-license agree- sistors, and are built using 0.7- 2001
ments to date. Most details are micron technology. AMD introduces AMD Athlon MP
confidential, but the agreement (Palomino core), running at 1GHz
essentially allows Intel to use and 1.2GHz at introduction, with 37.5
AMD breaks ground on Austin
inventions AMD has patented and million transistors, and manufactured
vice versa. on a 0.18-micron die. It is the first
JANUARY 1994 processor to break the 1GHz barrier.
1978 AMD and Compaq sign long- AMD launches AMD Athlon XP
AMD opens manufacturing facili- term agreement in which AMD (Palomino core), running at
ty in Manila and breaks ground on Am486 processors are to be used 1.33GHz, 1.4GHz, 1.47GHz, and
its Austin manufacturing facility. in Compaq computers. 1.53GHz at introduction, with 37.5
1981 million transistors, and manufac-
AMD completes manufacturing tured on a 0.18-micron die.
Fab 25 is completed.
facility in San Antonio. The company introduces the
AMD and Intel renew patent 1996 AMD Duron (Morgan core) running
cross-license agreement. AMD breaks ground on Fab 30 at 1GHz, 1.1GHz, and 1.2GHz at
in Dresden, Germany. introduction, with 25.2 million tran-
1982 The AMD K5 is introduced. It runs sistors, and manufactured on a
AMD and Intel sign a technology at 75MHz, has 4.3 million transistors, 0.18-micron die.
exchange agreement focused on and is built using a 0.35-micron die. AMD launches the AMD Athlon
the microprocessors and peripher- MP dual processor for servers and
als in its iAPX86 line. 1997
AMD-K6 processor launched.
1985 The processor runs at 233MHz, 2003
Fabs 14 and 15 in Austin, Texas, has 8.8 million transistors, and is AMD introduces the AMD Athlon
start up. built on the 0.35-micron die. 64 processor.