Happy Birthday AMD: 40 today

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They say life begins at 40, and no one will hope that's true more than the folks at AMD.

As the processor company enters its fifth decade, the company has launched a dedicated website to celebrate its longevity. Here, the most enthusiastic AMD fans can enter both a video and a photo contest to win AMD flavoured prizes.

Here's our (somewhat abridged) timeline of the most significant events in AMD history.



AMD is setup in 1969, by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in Sunnyvale, California.


AMD introduces its first proprietary device: the Am2501 logic counter.


Production begins in new AMD Austin manufacturing facility.


AMD is listed in Fortune 500 for the first time.


AMD's Am386 microprocessor family debuts.


AMD Am486 microprocessor family debuts.


AMD introduces AMD-K5 microprocessor, which is a socket-compatible x86 microprocessor.


AMD introduces the AMD-K6 microprocessor.


AMD Athlon is introduced as storms to a lead over Intel's Pentium III.


AMD break the 1GHz barrier back when clock speed, really, really mattered.


AMD demonstrates world's first x86 dual-core processor.


2005 was clearly a big year for the company. It introduced Turion 64 for notebooks and Athlon 64 X2 dual-cores for desktops. 1-8P x86 processors for servers and workstations also made an appearance.

In the same year, AMD also files antitrust litigation against Intel for abusing its monopoly and it opens Fab 36 in Dresden, Germany.


AMD acquires ATI graphics company and Dell announces it will offer AMD based systems for the first time.


Dirk Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz as chief executive of AMD.


Globalfoundries, a semiconductor manufacturing company, is formed by a joint venture between AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).

Benny Har-Even

Benny Har-Even is a twenty-year stalwart of technology journalism who is passionate about all areas of the industry, but telecoms and mobile and home entertainment are among his chief interests. He has written for many of the leading tech publications in the UK, such as PC Pro and Wired, and previously held the position of technology editor at ITPro before regularly contributing as a freelancer.

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