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AMD server processors tout 'best performance-per-watt'

Posted: 09 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processors? server processor? Opteron? AMD? datacenters?

Opteron server processor from AMD

AMD has announced the availability of new AMD Opteron processor models in both highly efficient (68W) and mainstream (95W) thermal envelopes.

The company has expanded its line of low-power solutions with Opteron processor models 1218 HE, 2218 HE and 8218 HE. Designed to offer industry-leading performance-per-watt at only 68W maximum thermal design power, these processors are suitable for energy-conscious customers looking to reduce power and cooling bills and to achieve greater density in the datacenter. The Opteron HE processor models now include three 1000 series models, bringing the benefits of reduced thermals to entry-level server customers while preserving the enterprise reliability they value.

All of the new processors feature AMD PowerNow! Technology, which is designed for reduced system level energy consumption, with multiple levels of lower clock speed and voltage states that can reduce processor power consumption by as much as 75 percent during idle times.

The scalability and efficiency of AMD's Direct Connect Architecture deliver an overall performance advantage over the competition's dual-core two- and four-socket offerings and enable systems to draw less power. Opteron processor models 2220 and 8220 (2.8GHz) are immediately available in the 95W maximum thermal design power. These new processors, along with model 1220, are designed to offer leading-edge performance-per-watt and price-performance for mainstream server and workstation customers.

The latest AMD Opteron processors will complement and are designed to enable a seamless upgrade path to AMD's native quad-core processors, codenamed "Barcelona." These processors are expected to feature substantial core enhancements in mid-2007 and to offer a 40-percent performance advantage over competing quad-core offerings, all based on the same infrastructure and thermal envelopes customers depend on today.

Smart choice
"With our design leadership focused on performance and performance-per-watt, it is clear that AMD is the smart choice for IT professionals and datacenter managers today and tomorrow," said Randy Allen, corporate VP, server and workstation division, AMD. "This long-term approach means our OEM and system builder partners benefit from a consistent and common architecture that scales to meet changing customer needs and escalating demands on quad-core ready platforms today."

For pricing information on AMD processors, visit the company's online price list.

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