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|Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team Breaking Records With Trek® Bikes
Designed On AMD64 Technology|
SUNNYVALE, CA --AMD today announced that current Tour de
France leader and six-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong is riding Trek® bikes designed in just four weeks on
workstations powered by the AMD Opteron™ processor with Direct Connect Architecture. Trek’s Advanced Concept Group
completely redesigned the Time Trial bike, known as the “TT,” on the AMD64-based workstations from HP and BOXX to
create the new “TTx” in record time, giving the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team a competitive edge at the Tour de
France. As a result, on July 5, 2005 the team broke the 10-year-old Tour de France speed record for a team time
trial by almost two seconds, averaging an astounding 57.31 kph in the 67.5 km stage.
continues to enable our riders and Trek to test the realm of possibilities in bike design and performance,” said
Lance Armstrong. "AMD’s collaboration with Trek has provided our team with fast, solid bikes that give us a distinct
competitive advantage to help separate us from the rest of the field."
In April, Trek’s Advanced
Concept Group was tasked with completely redesigning the time trial bike in an unprecedented 30 days. This
accelerated timeframe was required in order to give the Discovery Channel cyclists adequate time to test the bike
before the Tour de France. Prior to last April, the quickest redesign of similar scope on any Trek bicycle was four
“In order to consistently improve bicycle performance for our customers, Trek regularly
looks to improve our product development tools. The mind-blowing computing power of AMD64 technology, combined with
great solutions from HP and BOXX, play a key role in these improvements,” said Michael Sagan, senior designer and
technology principal, Advanced Concepts Group, Trek Bicycle Corp. “AMD is the processor provider of choice for
businesses like ours that require world-class performance and execution powered by customer-focused innovation.”
Sagan attributes a significant portion of the reduced design time to the computing power of the AMD
Opteron processor-based HP xw9300 Workstation. Specifically, Trek experienced speed improvements of more than 50
percent when running their Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software, which improves the bike’s aerodynamics, on
the dual-processing HP xw9300 Workstation. Performance increases like this allowed the team to test far more design
iterations in less time, thereby helping to ensure their ability to converge on the optimal solution.
Founded in 1976 in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Trek is a world leader in bicycle products and accessories, with 1,500
employees worldwide who incorporate the most advanced technology available into Trek products, resulting in many
industry innovations throughout the company's 25-year history.
"AMD is proud to provide the
cutting-edge technology to Trek that is so critical to Team Discovery’s success. Trek engineers have used AMD64
technology to build the fastest and most sophisticated racing machines in pro cycling history,” said Henri Richard,
executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, AMD. "Helping Lance Armstrong successfully compete
for a seventh consecutive Tour de France victory underscores how AMD enables great competitors and companies like
Trek to break free."
AMD’s partnership with the Discovery Channel Team is built for speed,
efficiency, and success. AMD technology helps to provide the Discovery Cycling Team with the winning edge in three
key areas: design and development; testing and training; and communications.
Jueves, 21 Julio, 2005 - 05:41