January 30, 2006 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) (Nasdaq: HPQ) today announced that they have generated more than $2 million to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) through sales of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC, powered by AMD TurionÂ 64 mobile technology. Thanks to the tremendous success of this initiative, availability of this one-of-a-kind notebook will be extended through June 2006.
Available since June of last year, the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC bears the LIVESTRONGÂ message and a reproduction of Lance Armstrong’s autograph. For each HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC shipped to date, the LAF has received $50 from AMD and HP.
AMD has made a two-year commitment to help generate a minimum of $4 million for the LAF. As an ongoing part of this support for the LAF and its mission, AMD was the Official Technology Partner of the 2005 LIVESTRONG Ride in Portland, Oregon and the 2005 Ride for the Roses Weekend in Austin, Texas.
“We continue to be inspired by the success that Lance Armstrong has achieved against all odds, as well as the opportunity to help people break free from traditional barriers through the use of innovative AMD64 solutions,” said Henri Richard, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, AMD. “Through our joint efforts with HP, we continue to raise awareness about the LAF and provide assistance for the community it serves.”
“HP is thrilled with the success of the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC and the support that we have been able to provide to the LAF,” said Mark Sanchez, vice president, Consumer Computing – North America, HP. “The introduction of this notebook PC has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to continuing to offer our customers this unique system.”
“The LAF’s mission is to inspire and empower people affected by cancer,” said Mitch Stoller, CEO of Lance Armstrong Foundation. “AMD understands this and has helped deliver our organization’s message to the community we serve. We are thankful for the continued support of AMD and HP.”
Demand for the special edition HP notebook has been so great that some North American retail centers have seen an entire shipment sell out within hours. In addition to the stores that have carried the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC to date, several additional retail outlets are expected to offer the computer, including Best Buy (Canada-based stores), circuitcity.com, and J & R Computer World. Target.com, uBid.com and Walmart.com will have the notebook available for purchase in February 2006.
“The powerful collaboration of industry leaders HP and AMD continues to yield successful results, as demonstrated by the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC,” said Stephen Baker, vice president, Industry Analysis, NPD Group. “With its rich feature set and distinctive branding, this notebook has proven to be extremely popular throughout the North American retail market.”
“The HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC was our strongest-selling product during the 2005 back-to-school season,” said Brian Woods, executive vice president and general merchandising manager for CompUSA. “We were excited about continuing to sell this popular notebook.
HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC The HP Special Edition L2000i Notebook PC series allows consumers to enjoy “performance at the speed of life” with high-speed wirelessii , enhanced virus protectioniii , powerful 64-bit computing with AMD Turion 64 mobile technology and extended battery life – all in a lightweight and stylish HP design.
Also available for purchase is the HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook Carrying Case, which sports a bright yellow LIVESTRONGÂ logo and a reflective safety stripe on the front, and the HP Special Edition L2000 Mobile Mouse, which displays the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONGÂ message on a highly precise (800dpi) optical mouse. A portion of the proceeds from each of these accessories goes to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
The HP Special Edition L2000 Notebook PC is available for purchase via www.hpshopping.com or by calling +1 888 999 4747, and at select retail stores throughout the United States. More information is available at www.hp.com/go/livestrong or www.amd.com/livestrong.