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AMD Announce World’s First 64-Core PRO Workstation, the Lenovo™ ThinkStation™ P620, the Pinnacle of Performance for Modern Professionals

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– Supercharged with AMD PRO technologies, AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO Processors deliver leadership performance, industry leading bandwidth and built-in enterprise grade security and manageability

– AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3995WX offers up to 27% better multithreaded performance over the competition’s best dual processor workstations1 and leadership performance in over 25 applications and benchmarks2

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processor line-up, with up to 64 cores and unrivalled bandwidth3 built with enterprise-grade AMD PRO technologies. Designed for professional workstations from OEMs and system integrators, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors uniquely offer full spectrum compute capabilities with unmatched core counts4 for multi-threaded workloads plus high frequency single core performance for lightly threaded workloads. This combination makes AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors the best choice for artists, architects, engineers and data scientists.

“AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors are purpose-built to set the new industry standard for professional workstation compute performance,” said Saeid Moshkelani, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Client business unit. “The extreme performance, high core counts and bandwidth of AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors are now available with AMD PRO technology features including seamless manageability and unique built-in data protection5. Even the most demanding professional environment is addressed with the new AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO line-up, from artists and creators developing breathtaking visual effects, to architects and engineers working with large datasets and complex visualizations, all brought to life on the most advanced professional workstation platform in the world.6

AMD and Lenovo Partnership
The world’s first 64 core PRO workstation system, powered by the Threadripper™ Pro 3995WX7, will be available from Lenovo this fall with its newest ThinkStation P620, offering unprecedented levels of power, performance and flexibility in a single CPU chassis.

“Our customers need class-leading, innovative solutions to power through the most demanding applications,” said Rob Herman, General Manager, Workstation and Client AI Business Unit, Lenovo. “By leveraging the AMD Threadripper PRO Processors for our newest workstation, the ThinkStation P620, we can offer users the smarter solutions to create complex models, render photorealistic imagery or analyze geophysical and seismic interpretations, while offering crucial security and scalability features to ensure safe and effective operation for our professional users.”

Leadership Performance
Built for the most demanding professional environments, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors offer the power to render and edit in 8K, drive complex visualizations and multifaceted simulations and rapidly process vast amounts of code to let professional users do more with their time. With the unmatched performance of the Threadripper™ Pro 3995WX, even when compared with competing dual processor systems, AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors redefine the workstation landscape8.

Most Advanced Professional Platform
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO based workstations offer a new level of connectivity and bandwidth.

  • The first pro workstation to support PCIe® Gen 4, unlocking the full potential of next-graphics and storage9.
  • 128 PCIe® Gen4 lanes with up to 2.5x the bandwidth compared to a competing dual processor system10
  • Industry-leading memory bandwidth11 with 8 channel ECC RDIMM, LRDIMM and UDIMM DDR4-3200 memory support
  • 2TB memory support – Up to double the capacity vs the competition.12

Built-in Enterprise Grade Security and Manageability
AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors are equipped with AMD PRO technologies offering a variety of enterprise grade features:

  • AMD PRO security – Layers of built-in security features to help protect sensitive data
  • AMD PRO manageability – Simplified deployment, imaging, and management compatible with user’s current infrastructure
  • AMD Memory Guard – Full memory encryption to help prevent physical attacks on sensitive data.
  • AMD PRO Business Ready – 18 months of planned software stability and 24 months of planned availability
MODEL CORES/
THREADS
BOOST13/
BASE14
FREQUENCY
(GHZ)
TOTAL
CACHE
(MB)
TDP
(WATTS)
PCIe®
4.0
Lanes
Memory
Support
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3995WX 64/128 Up to 4.2 / 2.7 288 280 128 Up to 2TB ECC UDIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3975WX 32/64 Up to 4.2 / 3.5 144 280 128 Up to 2TB ECC UDIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3955WX 16/32 Up to 4.3 / 3.9 72 280 128 Up to 2TB ECC UDIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM
AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3945WX 12/24 Up to 4.3 / 4.0 70 280 128 Up to 2TB ECC UDIMM, RDIMM, LRDIMM

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About AMD
For 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD (NASDAQ:AMDwebsiteblogFacebook and Twitter pages.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) including the features, functionality, timing, availability, expectations and benefits of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO Processors and AMD’s partnership with Lenovo, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as “would,” “intends,” “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” or the negative of these words and phrases, other variations of these words and phrases or comparable terminology. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD’s control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, without limitation, the following: Intel Corporation’s dominance of the microprocessor market and its aggressive business practices may limit AMD’s ability to compete effectively; AMD relies on third parties to manufacture its products, and if they are unable to do so on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies, AMD’s business could be materially adversely affected; failure to achieve expected manufacturing yields for AMD’s products could negatively impact its financial results; the success of AMD’s business is dependent upon its ability to introduce products on a timely basis with features and performance levels that provide value to its customers while supporting and coinciding with significant industry transitions; if AMD cannot generate sufficient revenue and operating cash flow or obtain external financing, it may face a cash shortfall and be unable to make all of its planned investments in research and development or other strategic investments; the loss of a significant customer may have a material adverse effect on AMD; AMD’s receipt of revenue from its semi-custom SoC products is dependent upon its technology being designed into third-party products and the success of those products; global economic and market uncertainty may adversely impact AMD’s business and operating results; the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could materially adversely affect AMD’s business, financial condition and results of operations; AMD’s worldwide operations are subject to political, legal and economic risks and natural disasters which could have a material adverse effect on AMD; government actions and regulations such as export administration regulations, tariffs and trade protection measures, may limit AMD’s ability to export its products to certain customers; AMD products may be subject to security vulnerabilities that could have a material adverse effect on AMD; IT outages, data loss, data breaches and cyber-attacks could compromise AMD’s intellectual property or other sensitive information, be costly to remediate and cause significant damage to its business, reputation and operations; uncertainties involving the ordering and shipment of AMD’s products could materially adversely affect it; AMD’s operating results are subject to quarterly and seasonal sales patterns; the agreements governing AMD’s notes and the Secured Revolving Facility impose restrictions on AMD that may adversely affect its ability to operate its business; the markets in which AMD’s products are sold are highly competitive; the conversion of the 2.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 may dilute the ownership interest of its existing stockholders, or may otherwise depress the price of its common stock; the demand for AMD’s products depends in part on the market conditions in the industries into which they are sold. Fluctuations in demand for AMD’s products or a market decline in any of these industries could have a material adverse effect on its results of operations; AMD’s ability to design and introduce new products in a timely manner is dependent upon third-party intellectual property; AMD depends on third-party companies for the design, manufacture and supply of motherboards, software, memory and other computer platform components to support its business; if AMD loses Microsoft Corporation’s support for its products or other software vendors do not design and develop software to run on AMD’s products, its ability to sell its products could be materially adversely affected; and AMD’s reliance on third-party distributors and AIB partners subjects it to certain risks.  Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 28, 2020.

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1 Based on AMD performance lab testing on June 8, 2020 using the Cinebench R20 nT benchmark test to compare the multi-thread performance of Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX reference system vs. (2) Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors. Results may vary. CPP-15

2 Based on AMD Labs testing as of July 7, 2020 using a variety of CPU-specific benchmark tests to compare a Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3995X reference system to two Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors.  Results may vary. SPEC®, and SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. See www.spec.org for more information. CPP-66.

3 Based on AMD internal analysis June 2020 comparing the memory bandwidth specifications of AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Pro to Intel Xeon Platinum 8280. CPP-06

4 The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3995WX has up to 64 cores compared to the highest core count Intel Xeon Scalable workstation processor, the 8280 at 28-cores.‎ CPP-03.

5 Full system memory encryption is included with AMD Memory Guard in AMD Ryzen PRO, AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro, and AMD Athlon PRO processors. PP-3

6 ‘Most advanced’ defined as superior 7nm process technology in a smaller node and unique PCIe® 4.0 capability in the workstation processor market. CPP-77

7 The AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO 3995WX has up to 64 cores compared to the highest core count Intel Xeon Scalable workstation processor, the 8280 at 28-cores.‎ CPP-03.

8 Based on AMD performance lab testing on June 8, 2020 using the Cinebench R20 nT benchmark test to compare the multi-thread performance of Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX reference system vs. (2) Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors. Results may vary. CPP-14

9 Based on AMD internal analysis June 1, 2020, comparing the PCIe® specifications of AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO to Intel Xeon Platinum 8280. CPP-10

10 Based on AMD internal analysis June 1, 2020, comparing the PCIe® specifications of AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO to Intel Xeon Platinum 8280. CPP-10

11 Based on AMD internal analysis June 2020 comparing the memory bandwidth specifications of AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Pro to Intel Xeon Platinum 8280. CPP-06

12 Based on AMD internal analysis June 1, 2020, comparing memory capacity specifications of AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ PRO to Intel Xeon Platinum 8280. CPP-07

13 Max boost for AMD Ryzen Processors is the maximum frequency achievable by a single core on the processor running a bursty single-threaded workload. Max boost will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to: thermal paste; system cooling; motherboard design and BIOS; the latest AMD chipset driver; and the latest OS updates. GD-150

14 Base frequency is the approximate processor clock speed of a typical workload running at the processor’s standard TDP. GD-166.

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Apple Awards Grants Worth $5 Million for Computer Chip Courses to Historically Black Schools

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

Apple said Thursday it will give $5 million (roughly Rs. 37.09 crores) to four historically Black universities to help expand their engineering programs for designing the chips that power electronic devices.

Apple said the $5 million (roughly Rs. 37.09 crores) will be spread across Alabama A&M University, Howard University, in Washington, DC, Morgan State University, in Baltimore, and Prairie View A&M University, in Texas, over three years. The money comes from Apple’s broader racial justice initiative, which it announced last year with $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) in initial funding.

The grants will support each school’s engineering departments and seek to focus expanding course work in fields like computing architecture and designing chips. The money will also support fellowships and internships in hardware technologies, Apple said.

Apple custom designs many of the chips in its flagship devices, including central processors in its Mac computers and iPhone handsets and special chips in its AirPods headphones that help them work smoothly with other Apple devices.

“We know many jobs of the future will be in innovative areas like silicon engineering and we want to help ensure the leaders of tomorrow have access to transformational learning opportunities,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, said in a statement.

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Chinese Apps Said to Face Subpoenas or Bans Under US President Joe Biden’s Order

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

President Joe Biden’s executive order aimed at safeguarding Americans’ sensitive data would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect private information if they want to remain in the US market, according to people familiar with the matter.

The goal is to keep foreign adversaries like China and Russia from gaining access to large amounts of personal and proprietary business information.

The US Department of Commerce may issue subpoenas to collect information about certain smartphone, tablet, and desktop computer software applications. Then the agency may negotiate conditions for their use in the United States or ban the apps, according to people familiar with the matter.

Biden’s June 9 order replaced former President Donald Trump’s 2020 bans against the popular Chinese applications WeChat, owned by Tencent, and ByteDance’s TikTok. US courts halted those bans.

US officials share many of the concerns Trump cited in his order banning TikTok, according to one person familiar with the matter. Notably, they fear that China could track the locations of US government employees, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail and conduct corporate espionage.

While the new order does not name companies, it could end up capturing more apps than the Trump bans and hold up better if challenged in court. Reuters is the first to report details on how the Biden administration plans to implement the order, including seeking support from other countries.

US officials have begun speaking with allies about adopting a similar approach, one source said. The hope is that partner countries will agree on apps that should be banned.

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will decide which apps to target for US action, but they must meet certain criteria. For instance, they must be owned, controlled or managed by a person or entity that supports the military or intelligence activities of a foreign adversary such as China or Russia.

WeChat, TikTok may be reviewed

If Raimondo decides an app poses an unacceptable risk, she “has the discretion to notify the parties” directly or publish the information in the government’s official daily publication, the Federal Register, a Commerce Department spokesman said.

Companies will then have 30 days to object or propose measures to secure data better, the Commerce spokesman said.

The process stems from a May 2019 Trump executive order for reviewing information and communications technology from foreign adversaries.

Apps from China are most likely to find themselves in the Commerce Department’s crosshairs given escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing, the Chinese government’s ability to exert control over companies and the number of Chinese apps used by Americans.

WeChat, TikTok and eight other apps targeted by the Trump administration in its last months are eligible for review by Biden’s team, one source said.

The Trump targets also included Ant Group’s Alipay mobile payment app, WeChat Pay, Tencent’s QQ Wallet, Tencent QQ, CamScanner, SHAREit, VMate published by Alibaba Group subsidiary UCWeb and Beijing Kingsoft Office Software’s WPS Office.

Some of the apps named by Trump have serious data protection issues, while it’s unclear why others pose a heightened risk to national security, according to another person familiar with the matter.

The order will apply to business apps, including those used in banking and telecommunications, as well as consumer apps, the first source said.

Apps linked to other adversaries such as Iran or Venezuela are already blocked under broader sanctions.

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Nvidia to Invest at Least $100 Million in UK Supercomputer, CEO Jensen Huang Says

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By Reuters | Updated: 18 June 2021

Nvidia’s chief executive on Thursday said the company will spend at least $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) on a supercomputer in the United Kingdom.

Speaking at The Six Five Summit, CEO Jensen Huang said Nvidia will spend “$100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores), just as a starting point” on the Cambridge-1 supercomputer.

Nvidia had said in October it planned to spend about $55.6 million (roughly Rs. 410 crores) on the project.

Nvidia is in the process of acquiring UK-based chip technology firm Arm for $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,96,840 crores) from Japan’s SoftBank. The deal faces pushback from Nvidia’s rivals and is under regulatory scrutiny in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe.

To show its commitment to Arm’s UK operations, Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia said in October it was building the UK’s most powerful supercomputer in Cambridge, where Arm is headquartered, to focus on solving healthcare and artificial intelligence problems.

At The Six Five summit, Huang was asked about Nvidia’s investment plans in the United Kingdom during a joint interview with Arm Chief Executive Simon Seagars.

“Cambridge-1, that supercomputing centre is, call it a $100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores), just as a starting point,” Huang said. “I mean, it’s a big investment. It is the most powerful supercomputer in the UK, and researchers are super excited about it.”

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CES 2022: Samsung, LG Electronics Confirmed to Participate in Las Vegas Event

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By ANI | Updated: 17 June 2021

Samsung and LG are going to participate in the CES 2022 offline event, which will be held in Las Vegas early next year. Two companies previously participated online in this year due to COVID-19, however, they will showcase their own booths to display their cutting-edge technologies next year.

Samsung and LG announced on the 16the that they are going to participate in CES 2022 from January 5th to 8th next year. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics will participate in CES” offline event after 2 years since 2019.

The event’s organiser, Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in the US, recently posted on its website saying “CES will be back in Las Vegas next year,” and hinted at the offline event. “About 1000 companies have promised to show their innovative technologies at CES next year,” said CTA. “More companies continue to want to participate.”

Other than those two companies, Hyundai Motor has confirmed its participation among Korean companies. Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are planning to showcase various new technologies including TV, new home appliances, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots in Las Vegas next year.

Global companies such as Amazon, AMD, AT&T, Google, Qualcomm, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Panasonic, Sony, and Daimler AG also announced that they intend to participate in this event.

Industries expect that Samsung will unveil its next-generation QD TV at the CES 2022. Samsung previously showed the micro LED and Neo QLED TV at the previous event this year. Samsung Display, which produces QD panels, is planning to introduce prototyping panels to customers starting from this month, and will begin producing panels in 4th quarter (October-December) of this year.

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Amazon to Invest $3 Billion to Open Data Centres in Spain in 2022

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By Reuters | Updated: 8 June 2021

Amazon plans to invest EUR 2.5 billion (roughly Rs. 22,175 crores) in new data centres in the Spanish northern region of Aragon that will open in mid 2022, the company said on one of its websites on Monday.

The cloud computing service unit of Amazon, Amazon Web Services, will invest the amount over a period of ten years, the company said.

The investment includes capital expenditure, the construction of the centres, imports of equipment, and operating expenses such as the salaries of the 1,300 employees the company will hire there.

Amazon Web Services has had a presence in Spain since 2012 and is building more infrastructure to be able to host data in Spain for its customers who require it.

Back in April, Amazon Web Services and Google was chosen by Israel for a more than $1-billion (roughly Rs. 7,530 crores) project to provide cloud services for the country’s public sector and military.

Amazon and Google beat out Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM in the tender for the four phase project known as “Nimbus”, the Finance Ministry said.

They will establish local cloud sites in Israel with an initial investment of ILS 4 billion (roughly Rs. 9,180 crores). These sites will keep information within Israel’s borders under strict security guidelines.

The four phases of the project include acquisition and construction of cloud infrastructure, formulating government policy for migrating to the cloud, integration, and migration, and control and optimisation of cloud activity.

Nimbus is a multi-year flagship project intended to provide a comprehensive solution for the provision of cloud services to the government, the defence system, and other groups in the economy, the ministry said.

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Nvidia Asks Chinese Regulators to Approve $40 Billion Arm Deal: Report

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By Reuters | Updated: 8 June 2021

Nvidia has submitted an application to Chinese competition regulators to review a $40-billion (roughly Rs. 2,91,290 crores) takeover of UK chip designer Arm, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The application was made in recent weeks and sets in motion a period of scrutiny that could take up to 18 months, according to Chinese antitrust lawyers, the report added.

Nvidia said last month it expects to close the Arm acquisition by March 2022, after having struck a deal with Japan’s SoftBank in September 2020.

In February, Bloomberg News reported that the US Federal Trade Commission had opened an in-depth probe into Nvidia’s agreement to buy Arm.

In April, the UK government said it will look into the national security implications of Nvidia’s purchase. Digital minister Oliver Dowden said he had issued a so-called intervention notice over the sale of Arm by Japan’s SoftBank to Nvidia.

“As a next step and to help me gather the relevant information, the UK’s independent competition authority will now prepare a report on the implications of the transaction, which will help inform any further decisions,” he said.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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