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AMD Reports First Quarter

First Quarter EPS of $0.38 Driven by Record Sales of  AMD Opteron Processors and Record Gross Margin

AMD today reported sales of $1.33 billion, operating income of $259 million, and net income of $185 million, or $0.38 per share for the quarter ended March 26, 2006.  These results include a stock-based compensation expense of $15 million due to the implementation of SFAS 123(R) and an expense of $20 million associated with the partial redemption of senior notes. 

In the first quarter of 2005, excluding the Memory Products segment[1], AMD reported sales of $780 million and operating income of $64 million. In the fourth quarter of 2005, AMD reported sales of $1.35 billion and operating income of $268 million.

Change
                                                            Q1-06   Q4-05  Q1-05  Q1-06 vs Q4-05 Q1-06 vs Q1-05
Net Sales (billions)                          $1.33   $1.35   $0.78           (1.5)%             70.5%
Operating Income (millions)          $259    $268     $64              (3.4)%           304.7%
Gross Margin (percent)                   58.5%   57.3% 52.7%          1.2%               5.8%
 
"AMD had another great quarter," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's chief financial officer.  "Building on our positive momentum, we believe we once again gained dollar market share based on strong customer demand for AMD64 single and multi-core processors. We expanded our global customer base in the quarter, achieved record AMD Opteron processor sales, increased our average selling price (ASP), and realized year-over-year sales growth of 71 percent.  Our manufacturing strategy execution was excellent and our technology transitions remain on track, with 65nm production shipments expected in the second half of 2006.

"We also continued to execute against our plans to improve our balance sheet. We had a successful equity offering, reduced debt and lowered our debt-to-capital ratio to 12 percent[2]."

First quarter gross margin increased to a record 58.5 percent, compared to 57.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005.  The increase was largely due to product mix improvement, higher desktop and mobile ASPs, and manufacturing efficiencies. Operating income was $259 million in the first quarter, up from $64 million in the first quarter of 2005 and down slightly from $268 million in the fourth quarter of 2005.

Solid first quarter sales were driven by ASP improvements from the prior quarter and increasing customer adoption of AMD's server, mobile and desktop offerings in the commercial segment.  Record AMD Opteron processor sales were driven, in particular, by strong demand for dual-core processors for servers and workstations.  Shipments of AMD Turion 64(tm) mobile processors also increased quarter-on-quarter. Geographically, processor sales were especially strong in Greater China, Latin America, Russia and South Asia.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

* FORTUNE magazine ranked AMD as a Top 10 "Most Admired Company" for
Innovation in 2005 and the leader in the category of  innovation among
semiconductor companies in 2005.

* The AMD64 platform has earned more than 200 global industry awards. In
the first quarter, AMD added 26 awards,  including: 2005 Reader's
Choice Award for Best Processor Architecture from Tom's Hardware for the
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2  processor and Best Server Processor of 2005 from
In-Stat MDR for the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor.

* More than 50 percent of the top 500 of the Forbes Global 2000
companies or their subsidiaries use AMD64 processor-based  systems.
Recent additions include China State Power, Continental AG, Enbridge,
Inc., Fiat, Marathon Oil Corporation,  Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group,
Mohawk Industries, Inc., New York Times Company and the Philadelphia
Stock Exchange,  amongst others.

* As planned, Fab 36 commenced shipments of AMD64 processors at the end
of March and the fab is already demonstrating  mature yields.

* Customers and partners worldwide continue to expand the depth and breadth of their AMD64 commercial product offerings.

* HP, IBM and Sun Microsystems incorporated AMD's newest AMD Dual-Core
Opteron(tm) processors into their server offerings.

* Lenovo and AMD broadened their global relationship with the worldwide
launch of a new line of commercial client PCs from  Lenovo. These
new AMD64 offerings build on the considerable success AMD and Lenovo
have shared in China during the  past two years.

* Supermicro Computer, Inc, Tyan Computer Corporation and Uniwide
Technologies, Inc. joined AMD's Validated Server Program  (VSP)
which ensures solution providers have direct access to qualified,
reliable, stable and well-supported AMD64  server solutions.

* The AMD Commercial Systems Channel Program now includes more than
20,000 channel sales and technical representatives  worldwide.

* AMD broadened its family of product offerings in the quarter,
launching five Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors, two AMD  Turion
64 processors, the

AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core processor, and three AMD Sempron(tm) processors for mobile and desktop computing.

* AMD's standards-based and collaborative approach to technology development continued with the release of AMD's open I/O virtualization technology specification through royalty-free licenses.

CURRENT OUTLOOK

AMD's outlook statements are based on current expectations.  The following statements are forward looking, and actual results could
differ materially depending on market conditions.  

AMD expects second quarter sales to be flat to slightly down seasonally from the first quarter of 2006.  If achieved, this would approximate a 65 percent increase from comparable sales in the second quarter of 2005.

AMD Teleconference

AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:30 p.m. US PDT today to discuss first quarter financial results.  AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at www.amd.com.  The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.

ABOUT AMD

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