AMD Launches Latest Opteron
IBM's new eServer 325 is powered by the Opteron 246.Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday released the newest version of its two-way 64-bit Opteron chip. The Sunnyvale, Calif., companys Opteron 246 is the latest addition to the two-way line of chips. The previous fastest was the 244 model, which ran at 1.8GHz. AMD, which downplays the clock speed in its chips, did not release the frequency of the 246. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., the only major OEM to roll out a system based on Opteron, last week launched the eServer 325, which is powered by the Opteron 246. The system will be the used by Japans National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology to build a Linux-based supercomputer.
The Opteron chips are designed for servers and workstations. On Sept. 23, AMD is scheduled to release its Athlon 64 chip, a 64-bit processor for desktop and laptops.