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AMD 64-bit processor supports 32-bit software

Posted: 23 Apr 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:advanced micro devices? amd? opteron? 64 bit processor? 32 bit processor?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced the release of the Opteron 64-bit processor, which is compatible with the industry-standard x86 architecture and is aimed as an alternative to Intel Corp.'s Itanium processors.

The processor is the first device in the company's AMD64 computing line and allows 32-bit and 64-bit software to run side-by-side. "AMD designed the AMD Opteron processor to provide enterprise customers with simple x86-based 64-bit server solutions that are robust, compatible, reliable, and stable," said Vernon Turner, group VP of Global Enterprise Server Solutions at IDC. "By innovating along the evolutionary path of pervasive x86 standards, AMD is making it easier for customers to migrate to 64-bit computing."

According to TPC-C benchmark tests, the processor achieved a performance 14 percent greater than competing 32-bit server processors.

The Opteron processor Models 240, 242, and 244 for up to 2-way servers are available now, while the 800 series for up to 8-way servers will be available later this quarter. Prices for the 200 series of the AMD Opteron processor start at $283 each in lots of 1,000.

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