SOURCE: Advanced Micro Devices
SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 22, 2012) - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the eighth consecutive year. The company has also been added to the FTSE4Good Index Series. These most recent acknowledgements highlight AMD's commitment to ethical and sustainable business practices.
"AMD is proud to be ranked among the world's leading sustainable businesses and to have our commitment to ethical business practices recognized by these influential investment indexes," said Tim Mohin, director, Corporate Responsibility at AMD. "This recognition is a testament to AMD's overall commitment to delivering products that enable our customers to address today's critical technology challenges while operating ethically and sustainably."
AMD technology powers computers and servers that enable a better world -- from helping scientists advance healthcare and climate-change research to optimizing clean energy and allowing cloud computing data centers to be more energy efficient. AMD's Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) include power-saving features like AMD AllDay™ Power designed to extend notebook battery life. APUs also enable developers to take advantage of the parallel processing power available in graphic processing units, which help applications run faster and simultaneously. In addition, AMD's APU design permits PCs to transition to lower power idle/sleep/off states for longer periods of time.
Multi-core AMD Opteron™ processors for servers incorporate power management features, including enhanced AMD Virtualization™ technology that helps cloud data center operators perform server consolidation, increase utilization rates, and reduce overall power and cooling requirements. AMD also recently introduced the SeaMicro SM15000™ server, the most recent computing innovation from its Data Center Server Solutions group that cements its position as the technology leader in the micro server category. Micro servers deliver massive efficiencies in power, space and bandwidth. The SeaMicro SM15000-XE server is the highest-density, most energy-efficient system available, using half the power, one-third the space and delivering up to 12 times the bandwidth of today's best-in-class server(1). With the SeaMicro SM15000-XE server, the innovative trajectory broadens the benefits of the micro server to storage, helping to solve the most pressing needs of the data center.
"We are passionately committed to developing servers that takes less space and consume less power," said Andrew Feldman, general manager of the Data Center Server Solutions group, AMD. "Our technology brings the economic benefits of efficiency -- namely reduced total cost of ownership -- together with the social benefit of doing the right thing for the environment. And when you can do both, it is an easy decision."
Improving AMD's Performance
The DJSI family of indexes tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. More than 2,500 of the largest companies across 58 industry sectors are assessed, and only companies that fulfill certain sustainability criteria better than the majority of their peers are included on their indexes. AMD has been a constituent of the DJSI family each year since their inception. This year AMD achieved a 16%(2) increase in its overall score, with improvements across all three sustainability categories.
The FTSE4Good equity index series selects companies that have met stringent social and environmental criteria, and are positioned to capitalize on the benefits of responsible business practices. AMD was added to the FTSE4Good Index in 2012.
AMD is also included on three MSCI Inc. (formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International) socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes: The KLD 400 index; The World ESG; and The World SRI. In addition, AMD was selected by Triodos Bank in 2012, ranking third of 24 companies in the sector for investing based on sustainability performance. Another SRI analyst firm, Oekom, rated AMD as "Prime Status." The Oekom analysis resulted in AMD being one of only two semiconductor companies listed on the Global Challenges Index -- an investment index focused on the top global sustainability challenges of this millennium.
For more information about AMD's commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen, visit http://www.amd.com/us/aboutamd/corporate-information/corporate-responsibility. A summary of the company's corporate responsibility report can be downloaded at: http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/In%20Focus_FINAL.pdf.
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.
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(1) 1/2 the power or twice the compute per-watt based on a comparison of same throughput achieved by 28 traditional 2P Hex Core 1U Westmere rack servers @ 7300 total watts at 100% utilization and 64 1P SeaMicro servers in a single 10U chassis at 3,550 total watts at 100% utilization, running SPEC_intrate and SPEC_fprate workload. 1/3 the floor space or three times the compute-per-unit space is based on a comparison of 28 1U traditional dual socket hex core servers plus 1RU rack switch and 1RU terminal versus one SeaMicro chassis at 10U. 12X throughput is based on a traditional Dual socket platform with 12 cores (2 socket x six cores) and 2x1GB NICs (2 Gig/12 cores = 167 Mbps bandwidth per core) compared to a SeaMicro single socket server 4 cores and aggregated bandwidth of up to 8 1 Gig NICs for each socket (8 Gig/4 cores = 2Gbps bandwidth per core) 2/.167 = 12. SVR-175
(2) Based on AMD Company Benchmark Scorecards generated from the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessments website.