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AMD licenses x86 technology in China

Posted: 25 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:amd? china? geode? x86? microprocessor?

AMD has expanded its reach in China through new license agreements with China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Peking University for its x86 AMD Geode microprocessor design technology. The deal allows Chinese development of low-power and embedded computer applications for the commercial and consumer sectors.

"AMD and China share a deep mutual respect for the ability of technology to promote economic and educational opportunities," said AMD president and CEO Hector Ruiz. "AMD's investments of technology, facilities and resources are a sign of our commitment to provide industry-standard x86-based computing solutions to the people of China."

"Products based on this x86 processor represent an energy-efficient, industry-standard technology that can fundamentally transform the productivity of businesses and individuals in China," said Mr. Ma Songde, Vice Minister of MOST. "This important licensing agreement advances AMD's vision of industry-standard technology meeting the needs of people in virtually any environment and grants AMD exposure to Chinese research and development and our growing market."

The collaboration also allows AMD to access intellectual property derived from the licensed technology, and investment options in companies that form out of the licensing program.

AMD is also donating around US$750,000 to China's Ministry of Education over the next three years to assist in the deployment of IT for primary education in underdeveloped areas of middle and western China. This new agreement builds on AMD's previous support of education in China through donations, scholarships and assistantships.

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