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AMD targets blade servers with Opteron processor

Posted: 30 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. believes the growth of the blade-server market provides a perfect opportunity for its Opteron processor. The company unveiled a processor for that market with optimized power and performance.

At the Server Blade Summit in AMD revealed the availability of the Opteron 248 HE, a 55W processor that boosts the clock-cycle performance for the HE line of Opterons from 2GHz to 2.2GHz.

"We think blade servers represent a very strong opportunity for AMD because of the value proposition we can bring," says Pat Patla, director of server and workstation marketing for AMD.

By offering its 64bit Opteron processors in three power grades--a standard 95W, the midrange 55W HE, and the low-power 30W EE--AMD can provide the correct range of options that blade- and conventional-server manufacturers require to meet specific customer demands, Patla says.

At the conference Wednesday, a number of systems manufacturers revealed plans to offer servers based on the 284 HE, including Angstrom Microsystems, Appro, Pinnacle Data Systems, Rackable, Tarox, and Verari. Hewlett-Packard last month unveiled new blade-server offerings based on Opteron processors.

Customers can choose to create two-way and four-way server blades based on specific requirements for power and performance, Patla says. For systems aimed primarily at the lowest-power requirements, manufacturers can use a 33W Opteron with 1.4GHz clock-cycle performance, or gain greater performance while maintaining a relatively low thermal envelope with the new 2.2GHz, 55W device.

The next step for AMD will be the introduction of dual-core versions of Opteron, which is expected within the next two months.

"We've been hearing about the potential for blades for a couple of years now," Patla says. "We think in 2005, with the introduction of dual-core devices, we are going to be solidly putting a value proposition in that space that will put us at the forefront of rapid adoption."

- Darrell Dunn InformationWeek

TechWeb.com





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