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AMD Sponsors Solar Decathlon Team To Increase Awareness Of Consumers’ Energy Options


The University Of Texas at Austin leverages AMD’s Cool’n’Quiet™ technology to demonstrate the potential benefits for today’s energy-efficient home

SUNNYVALE, CA -- October 5, 2005 --AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leader in developing power-efficient, environmentally-conscious innovations such as Cool’n’Quiet™ technology, today announced its sponsorship of The University of Texas at Austin Solar Decathlon Team (UT SolarD). The UT SolarD Team will compete in the 2005 Solar Decathlon taking place October 7-14, 2005 in Washington, D.C. Founded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which 18 college and university teams from around the globe compete to design and build houses that demonstrate the advantages of a solar lifestyle.

AMD will support the UT SolarD Team by providing an AMD Sempron™ processor-based PC for the home and an AMD Athlon™ 64 processor-based PC for the exhibition in Washington, D.C. In addition, AMD will provide thin client networked devices powered by AMD Geode™ GX SOM-144 RDK processors, support for printing and collateral, and a monetary donation for house transportation costs.

“This sponsorship is a natural outgrowth of AMD’s shared interest with the University of Texas to advance energy efficiency,” said Jonathan Seckler, desktop division product manager, AMD. “With our existing performance-per-watt leadership with the AMD Opteron™ processor, AMD remains committed to empowering consumers to make smart choices that positively impact them and the global environment. By working closely with the UT SolarD Team, AMD can better understand the power consumption of PCs in the home to integrate even better efficiency and power savings into future processors based on AMD64 technology.”

As part of the competition, teams will compete in an appliance contest and be judged on how energy efficient their appliances are in their respective solar homes. The specific contest, which involves such appliances as computers, televisions and dishwashers, is designed to replicate appliance energy use in the average American home. By leveraging AMD’s award-winning Cool’n’Quiet technology, an innovation that lowers power consumption in desktop PCs, the UT SolarD Team, like environmentally-conscious consumers, can experience energy efficiency improvements of up to 28 percent, according to tests validated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“AMD is a key contributor on the UT SolarD project — a company committed to developing products that minimize the impact of technology on the environment, and to sharing those benefits with the broader public,” said Frederick Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. “AMD’s energy-efficient processors are an ideal fit for our energy-conserving project that requires the use of leading-edge, efficient technology, and the fact that they have a significant presence here in Austin doesn’t hurt either.”

All desktop AMD Athlon 64 processors boast the innovative Cool’n’Quiet technology, a system-level feature that enables a quieter running system and reduces the power consumption of a computer whenever maximum performance is not needed. By reducing the amount of power drawn from the power supply unit, Cool’n’Quiet technology also helps users save money on electricity. Cool’n’Quiet technology was recognized in 2005 by the U.S. EPA for significantly reducing a computer’s active power consumption. For more information, visit

The UT SolarD Team is student run and includes undergraduate and graduate students from the schools of architecture, engineering, and liberal arts as well as volunteers, faculty advisors, and an Advisory Committee of local professionals. They will compete against teams from around the world in 10 contests to see which team can design, build and operate the most livable and energy-efficient completely solar-powered house. As part of the competition, students also create Web sites and offer house tours to the public to share their knowledge. More information about the UT SolarD Team is available at

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