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AMD expands Opteron family of processors

Posted: 01 Jun 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has announced new additions to its Opteron family of processors - Models 850, 250 and 150.

Equipping servers and workstations with high performance two-way and four-way x86 processors, the new Opteron processors offer a 32-bit performance with the power of 64-bit computing.

"Our newest models of the Opteron processor feature Direct Connect Architecture, which supplies benefits and system advantages well beyond extending the instruction set," said Marty Seyer, VP and GM of the Microprocessor Business Unit of AMD.

Seyer further added, "Our product line will be further enhanced by our rapid transition to 90nm manufacturing, which will provide us a greater flexibility to boost processor performance, lower power or both."

The Model 250 processor is immediately available worldwide, while the Model 150, for single-processor workstations and entry-level servers, and the Model 850, for enterprise-class servers, are scheduled to be available within 30 days.

One of the world's first 32-bit and 64-bit processor compatible with the x86 architecture, the Opteron processors are based on the AMD64 technology. The AMD64, with Direct Connect Architecture, helps eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus and, instead, directly connects the processors, the memory controller and the I/O to the CPU.

The Model 250 is priced at $851, and the Model 850 and Model 150 processors will be priced at $1,514 and $637, respectively. All prices are for 1,000-unit quantities.

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