November 20, 2008

AMD Announces Availability of Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor

Sunnyvale, Calif. - AMD announced the widespread availability of its 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, delivering up to 35 percent more performance with up to a 35 percent decrease in power consumption at idle.
With IT decision-makers looking to domore with less, the newest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor can help drive data center efficiencies and reduce complexities with innovations that offer superior virtualization performance and increased performance-per-watt.
Global OEMs are expected to offer enterprise and SMB customers more than 25 systems, available between launch and the end of the year, based on the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, codenamed Shanghai.
Data center managers are facing escalating pressures from the computing demands of enterprise workloads, like web serving and database applications, and the need to do more with less in the current IT spending climate. Emerging technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization, which has posted 60 percent year over year growth in the second quarter of this year, are being rapidly deployed but require a balanced solution. Thelatest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors further enhance AMD¹s unique DirectConnect Architecture and offer a superior balanced and scalable solution to support increasingly heterogeneous computing environments.
Through improvements to AMD's Direct Connect Architecture and innovative AMD-Virtualization (AMD-V) technology, 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors build on AMD's legacy as the virtualization platform of choice, with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor powering nine global OEM servers designed for virtualization.
The enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor delivers higher CPU clock frequencies in the same power envelope in comparison to previous generations of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor. A 200 percent increase in Level 3 cache size to 6MB helps speed memory-intensive applications like virtualization, database, and Java. DDR2-800 memory support delivers greater memory bandwidth than current AMD Opteron processors, and remains significantly more energy-efficient than Fully-Buffered DIMM technology found in competitive offerings.
The latest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors at the 75-watt ACP ranging from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz are available immediately, with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE (55-watt) and SE (105-watt) processors planned to follow in Q1 2009. AMD also plans to bring this higher-performance and more energy-efficient 45nm processor technology to the desktop PC market in Q1 2009 with the AMD platform codenamed "Dragon."
This platform will be the second-generation AMD performance desktop platform, featuring all next-generation components in comparison to the first-generation AMD "Spider" platform released in 2008.