AMD has kicked off activities to recognize 40 years of innovation in the semiconductor industry and its important role as a catalyst for enabling next-generation solutions. 1 May 2009 marked the official 40-year anniversary of AMD's founding by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969.

As part of the year-long anniversary celebration, the company is holding a series of contests in the US and Canada as a gesture of thanks to the dedicated customers who have been, and continue to be, key to AMD's critical presence in the processor industry.
As a central hub for the contests and information about AMD's history, the company also launched a site dedicated to the 40th anniversary, with a complete timeline of AMD milestones and full details about the upcoming contests.  In coming weeks the site is also expected to feature employee and customer-generated anniversary content.
"Forty years in any industry is a major achievement, but doing so in the rapidly changing, competitive semiconductor business is an enduring testament to the dedication and talent of AMD employees and alumni," says Dirk Meyer, AMD president and CEO.  "As the world and technology markets have changed through the years, AMD has remained focused on enabling the next wave of applications that we expect to drive the industry.
"We mark our 40th year as a much different company; a company intensely focused on designing and developing new products and platforms that combine our unique graphics and microprocessor technologies to create compelling user experiences."
During the past 40 years, AMD transformed itself from a second-source supplier that worked within the confines of other companies' designs to a widely recognized innovation leader that has driven the market and kept competition alive in one of the world's most important technology sectors. AMD takes pride in the role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as the ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.