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    New AMD Study Released

    Research Shows Terminology and Product Complexity Impacting Adoption of New Technologies Worldwide

    SUNNYVALE, CA -- July 7, 2003 -

    A new study from the AMD (NYSE: AMD) Global Consumer Advisory Board (GCAB) — released during its bi-annual meeting this year in Stockholm, Sweden — reveals why so many people around the world may be delaying their purchases of new technologies. According to the study, too many potential buyers don’t understand the language of the technology industry, and are delaying their purchases because products and terminology are too complex.

    The report, which surveyed more than 1,500 consumers in China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, revealed that only three percent of respondents got a perfect score on a technology terms quiz, which included terms such as “MP3,” “megahertz” and “Bluetooth.” And, only slightly more than half (65 percent) of respondents correctly identified the definition of “megahertz” from a line-up of three possible definitions. Even of the most knowledgeable (those who identified more than seven of 11 technology terms correctly), only slightly more than a third could correctly identify the definition of digital video recorder (DVR).

    The study also showed that those who were least knowledgeable (those identifying six or fewer technology terms correctly) are the most likely to delay technology purchases. For example, 47 percent of those who scored the lowest state they will delay their purchases of digital cameras due to complexity.

    Moreover, the study confirmed that people are delaying purchases of new technologies because the technologies are perceived as too complex. For instance, 40 percent of the most proficient consumers state they will delay purchases of personal digital assistants (PDAs) because the PDAs are viewed as too complicated. Setting up complicated technology products is also a key area of concern. Nearly half of all respondents (46 percent) strongly state they don’t buy anything that is complicated to set up, and nearly two-thirds (62 percent) strongly agree with the statement that they “wish to have things work and not spend time setting up.”

    “The high-tech industry is spending more than $10 billion a year in the U.S. alone advertising the speeds and feeds of the products. But the industry is not getting the full value of their advertising dollars when, for example, only slightly more than half of the PC users we spoke with don’t understand the term ‘megahertz’ — which is used in a vast majority of personal computer (PC) advertisements,” said Patrick Moorhead, chairman of the GCAB and vice president of corporate marketing at AMD. “The technology industry must simplify its vocabulary so that consumers around the world can better understand the benefits technology can bring to their lives.”

    The study also suggests that the PC is a gateway to the adoption of other consumer technology products. For instance, 87 percent of those who plan to buy a DVR in the next 12 months already use a home PC, and 80 percent of those who plan to buy a DVD player in the next 12 months already use a home PC.

    The AMD GCAB invites the public to take the technology terminology and complexity test, which can be found on www.amdgcab.org, and test their knowledge of technology terms against others’ from around the world.

    The Methodology
    The AMD GCAB contracted with MetaFacts Inc., a full-service market research firm focusing exclusively on technology markets, to conduct the technology terms study. The study was a large-scale, international consumer survey measuring consumers’ understanding of a range of technology products and terms, as well as consumers perceptions of products and resulting purchase intentions.

    About the AMD GCAB
    The AMD Global Consumer Advisory Board’s (GCAB) mission is to improve the quality of end users’ technology experiences. The GCAB consists of 14 consumer and small business experts, academics, journalists and technology futurists from around the world who seek to resolve computing technology issues facing home and small business computer users worldwide. Members are:

    Patrick Moorhead, GCAB chairman and AMD vice president, corporate marketing
    Dr. Soonhoon Bae, professor, Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology
    Jim Blasingame, creator and host of the U.S. nationally syndicated, weekday radio/Internet talk show, “The Small Business Advocate”
    Mark Boleat, United Kingdom consumer policy and business representation consultant and a board member of the National Consumer Council (NCC)
    Dr. William Halal, professor of management at George Washington University
    Vicky Hung, founder of hongkong.com Limited
    Ken McEldowney, executive director of Consumer Action, a San Francisco-based consumer advocacy and education membership organization
    Enrico Mercanti, consumer marketing and business consultant, Italy
    Tricia Parks, founder and president of Parks Associates, a U.S. consulting firm
    Jose Antonio Romalho, a Brazilian technology writer and syndicated columnist
    Dr. Carlos Scheel, professor at the Graduate School of Business (EGADE) of the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico
    Dr. Bernd Skiera, professor and first Electronic Commerce chair at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany
    Dr. Hideyo Waki, professor in the Information and Telecommunication Department at Tokyo Denki University
    Dr. Barry Wellman, sociology professor at the University of Toronto, as well as director of the University’s NetLab.

    The GCAB is part of AMD’s Consumer Advocacy Initiative (CAI), which represents the company’s commitment to understanding technology end users, and the company’s dedication to putting end users at the forefront of the industry’s technology discussion. Consumers or small businesses with questions or comments may e-mail the GCAB at amd.gcab@amd.com. More information about the GCAB can be found at www.amdgcab.org.

    About AMD
    Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.

    AMD on the Web
    For more information about AMD products, please visit our virtual pressroom at www.amd.com/news/virtualpress/index.html. Additional press releases and information about AMD and its products are available at www.amd.com/news/news.html.

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    Ooh yah!!! 100%... Anyway, AMD was formed in 1969??? I thought they were only formed in the mid 1980s!!!


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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    All that points out is that there are way too many 3-character abbreviations for people who aren\'t really into this stuff to remember. And the same goes for sample libraries! (I mean the abbreviations, certainly not the number of libraries.)

    Heck, we have a friend whose response to any three random letters you put together is, \"That\'s a *wonderful* drug! I\'ve taken it many times.\"

    (The people that article is referring to aren\'t the ones on this forum, if that\'s the implication. There\'s no indication that sample libraries need dumbing down so people \"get the [proverbial totally shallow marketing] message we\'re trying send out there.\")

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    I have to step in and say: AMD rules. Their new Barton core is awesome.. if you don\'t have one, get one. You can actually overclock this sucker without any third party materials (like special thermal compound, etc.).

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    Originally posted by MDesigner:
    I have to step in and say: AMD rules. Their new Barton core is awesome.. if you don\'t have one, get one. You can actually overclock this sucker without any third party materials (like special thermal compound, etc.).
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Sam, good to hear that. What Motherboard and Video card are you using with this system? How much do you have the Barton Overclocked to? and have you had any compatibility discrepensies? How many tracks and plug ins can you get average at 16 bit 44Khz?



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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    My parts are still in the mail.. I haven\'t gotten them yet. I probably won\'t overclock unless I really need the extra speed (doubtful). I\'ll be using the XP 2500+ CPU with an Epox 8RDA+ motherboard. My video card is an outdated GeForce3 (no \"Ti\", no \"ultra\", just the classic GF3).

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    I got and installed a XP3000 barton into my A7N8X delux mobo two weeks ago. After the 2 weeks of hard use I can truly say that this processor rocks!

    Of course, as soon as you get more power, you use it. I\'m pushing my CPU in CubaseSX to 80% constantly, but the system remains stable and there are no GUI slowdowns. And more importantly, I haven\'t crashed once through all of this!

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    I\'d like to advise people to check into the Epox 8RDA+ motherboard. It\'s regarded as better than the A7N8X, and it\'s less expensive. ASUS sucks heavily at support, by the way... that\'s general consensus. I have no firsthand experience with Epox tech support, but I hear it\'s good.

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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    I run a K7N2-L MSI mobo with the nforce 2 chip. My processor is a Thoroughbred 1800+ at the moment. I was thinking about upgrading to the 2700+, but how is it compared to a Barton chip? Does it even matter at that speed? Also.....I\'ve been running my samples from a crappy slave Maxtor 40GB 5400RPM hardrive.....GASP! Don\'t worry, I\'m getting 2 Western Digital 120GB SE\'s.

    AMD rocks because you get so much bang for your buck. I had a 1.6ghz P4 once (423-pin), and wasn\'t blown away with it, but I guess those new 800mhz FSB are pretty incredible. Intel burns a whole in my wallet, and I\'m sure others can say that too.

    IMO, Intel is the Oakley (glasses) of computer chips. You\'re paying for a name.


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    Re: New AMD Study Released

    I don\'t think there\'s too much of a speed difference in the Barton core vs the Thoroughbred. The Barton has a 512KB L2 cache unlike the Tbred. Here\'s a great article:


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