Wasabi Systems Announces NetBSD Support for Upcoming AMD Opteron™ and Eighth-Generation AMD Athlon™ Processors

6/28/2002 - Wasabi Systems, the leading provider of the NetBSD operating system, today announced NetBSD support for AMD's upcoming eighth-generation AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ processors, culminating a development process that began with Wasabi's port to a simulator of AMD's x86-64 architecture one year ago. NetBSD is a powerful open source operating system derived from BSD Unix.

"NetBSD is used in many high performance Unix applications on the x86 platform. With the x86-64 architecture, customers will soon have an even higher performance 64-bit migration path at an attractive price," said Wasabi CEO Perry Metzger.

NetBSD for x86-64 runs both 32- and 64-bit binaries. Wasabi plans to release the software, including support for SMP, binary compatibility with Linux and Solaris/x86, and enhanced data center functionality in time for the commercial release of x86-64 hardware.

"With systems based on future 64-bit AMD Opteron processors, Unix customers will be able to benefit from enhanced 32-bit application performance on existing NetBSD applications, with the option of deploying applications based on x86-64 architecture as they become available," said Ed Ellett, vice-president of product marketing, Computational Products Group, AMD.

About Wasabi Systems
Wasabi Systems, Inc. (www.wasabisystems.com), is the commercial source for NetBSD, an advanced embeddable operating system. NetBSD enables embedded systems manufacturers to produce more functional offerings in less time and at lower cost. NetBSD's small-footprint, full-featured Unix environment runs on the widest range of hardware platforms of any operating system. Wasabi's team, which includes the world's foremost NetBSD developers, provides development, support and customization to customers ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other product names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies.

For more information, please visit www.wasabisystems.com or contact:
Karen Thomas
Thomas PR
(631) 549-7575

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