Among the releases in the first quarter were the Athlon XP 3000+ desktop chip and Athlon XP 2600+ server and workstation processor in February, and its first chipthe low-voltage mobile Athlon XP-M processorsfor the thin-and-light notebook space. AMD also entered into a joint chip-development agreement with IBM, and in March announced a plan with Fujitsu Ltd. to merge their flash memory businesses into a new company.However, Ruiz said the release next week of AMDs 64-bit Opteron server and workstation chip and the launch in September of the desktop 64-bit Athlon 64 processor will be key to the companys financial success this year. "The announcement of our AMD Opteron family of processors is the single most important event in the history of AMD," Ruiz said. "Its the moment weve been waiting for, its the moment our customers have been waiting for, and its the moment our rapidly growing list of partners have been waiting for." Though Opteron offers the ability to run 64-bit applications, it will first make its mark in the 32-bit space, industry observers say. Initially designed for one- to eight-way systems, Opteron will compete with Intel Corp.s 32-bit Xeon chips, rather than the Santa Clara, Calif., companys 64-bit Itanium processor. Latest AMD News:
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Going forward, AMD officials said they expect to see flash memory sales increase and processor sales stay flat or increase.