AMD, Sun announce strategic alliance

— 12:40 PM on November 17, 2003

According to this press release, AMD and Sun have formed a strategic alliance to offer "Extreme" performance at compelling prices.

LAS VEGAS -- November 17, 2003 --Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a strategic alliance through which Sun will deliver new AMD OpteronTM processor-based Sun FireTM systems and optimized versions of the Solaris™ Operating System (OS) and the Java ™ platform as well as Linux OS. The new Sun Fire servers will provide customers with all the benefits of the Solaris OS and the Java Enterprise System running on industry standard x86 architecture with breakthrough AMD Opteron processor performance. The alliance plans to also include long-term joint technology development to create future hardware and software offerings.
Sun will reportedly release a 64-bit version of Solaris optimized for Opteron in the first half of next year. The press release also mentions that Oracle will soon be optimized for AMD's Opteron processor.
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