Customers now have more Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor performance options available
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - September 26, 2005 -AMD
(NYSE:AMD) today announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD
Opteron processor family, delivering the world’s highest performance
for one-way to eight-way x86 servers and workstations.
The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 880 for up to eight-way,
16-core enterprise-class servers and Model 280 for high performance
dual-processor workstations and servers are immediately available.
Model 180 for one-processor, two-core servers and workstations is
expected to be available within 30 days.
"Introducing the next Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor models less
than five months after launching the initial Dual-Core AMD Opteron
processors shows undeniable technological leadership," said Marty
Seyer, corporate vice president, Commercial Business and Performance
Computing, AMD. "In terms of performance-per-watt, nothing can touch
the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor. It represents a potential annual
savings of $50,000 for a datacenter with 500 two-way systems."
Intel has yet to accept AMD’s Aug. 23, 2005 challenge to a
Dual-Core Duel to evaluate workloads and power consumption. AMD’s duel
would be a live, public performance evaluation between server platforms
based on the highest-performing Dual-Core AMD Opteron 800 Series or
200 Series processors and the corresponding Intel x86 server processors
that are commercially available in volume.
In addition to offering true dual-core technology, the AMD Opteron
processor alone delivers a significant savings for enterprise
datacenters. Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors offer significant
performance gains while operating in the same power and cooling
infrastructure as single-core processors. This can allow fewer servers
to do the job of many, helping lower operating costs. In addition, AMD
PowerNow! technology with Optimized Power Management can increase that
savings because it enables servers and workstations to dynamically
power down processors, based on usage. AMD PowerNow! technology can
reduce CPU power consumption by 75 percent during idle time, decreasing
the strain on datacenter cooling and ventilation systems and helping
minimize overall power consumption for enterprise IT and workstation
The AMD64 processor platform is a gold standard for 64-bit computing,
earning the support of more than 1,300 applications from more than 300
independent software vendors and open-source software organizations.
These same software applications can support AMD64 dual-core processors
with a simple BIOS upgrade and no substantial code changes. In
addition, the industry’s leading operating systems—Windows 64-bit
editions, the Solaris 10 Operating System and Linux
dual-core-compatible operating systems—are all optimized for AMD64
Today, the industry’s leading original equipment manufacturers
(OEMs) announced support for the latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron
HP added the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors across its extensive
portfolio of AMD Opteron processor-based ProLiant servers and
workstations. Model 880 will add to the record-breaking performance of
the four-processor/eight-core HP ProLiant DL 585 and BL45p while Model
280 will offer customers performance increases in the
two-processor/four-core ProLiant DL385 and DL145 G2, plus the BL25p and
BL35p server blades. HP will also match Model 280 with the
performance-class HP xw9300 workstation that features multi-processing
capabilities and support for dual PCI-Express x16 graphics. Dual-Core
AMD Opteron processors bring the power of four processors to HP’s
xw9300 workstation for scientists, engineers, designers and digital
artists who demand extreme graphical and visualization performance.
"The new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors are a welcome addition to our
industry-leading servers," said James Mouton, senior vice president and
general manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "AMD64 dual-core
technology enables us to deliver the power, performance and efficiency
our customers have come to expect from HP solutions."
Sun Microsystems is the first OEM to design and develop systems with
the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor SE Model 280, and will be shipping
servers equipped with these highest-performing x64 processors next
month. On Sept. 12, Sun launched new industry-standard additions to the
Sun Fire x64 server family that are multi-core available, including the
enterprise-class four-way Sun Fire X4200 and Sun Fire X4100 servers,
and one- and two-way Sun Fire X2100 servers.
"We designed the Sun Fire X4000 series specifically to deliver the
highest performance in an enterprise-class 1U and 2U chassis, with
complete remote management capabilities and flexibility to run just
about any operating system," said Lisa Sieker, vice president of
marketing, Network Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Our newest
Sun Fire x64 servers powered with the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor
are optimized for AMD64 technology in order to provide
industry-standard x64 systems that set new standards for performance,
reliability and energy efficiency for our customers and partners."
Pricing and Availability
The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 880 is priced at $2,649 in
1,000-unit quantities and the Model 280 is priced at $1,299 in
1,000-unit quantities. The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 180,
for single-processor workstations and servers, is scheduled to be
available within 30 days and will be priced at $799 in 1,000-unit
quantities. With the addition of the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron
processor models, the prices of two dual-core processor models within
each series overlap with current single-core processors, making the
shift to dual-core technology an easy decision for customers. For
additional pricing information, please see www.amd.com/pricing.
Source: AMD Press Release
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