AMD Lines Up Partners for Launch of 45-Nm 'Shanghai' Processor
Advanced Micro Devices is beginning to line up a number of smaller server system vendors as the first customers to start using AMD's 45-nanometer processor, code-named Shanghai. This AMD Opteron processor is expected to officially hit the market in late November, with server vendors offering new systems by the end of 2008. Some of the customers that are preparing systems based on the AMD Shanghai processor include Penguin Computing, Colfax, Appro, Verari Systems and Rackable Systems.Advanced Micro Devices is beginning to line up partners that will offer server systems built around the chip maker's 45-nanometer "Shanghai" processor, which has been shipping since September and is scheduled for release in November. The partners that have lined up behind AMD's Shanghai processor include many of the smaller server and HPC (high-performance computing) vendors that have been longtime supporters of the chip maker's technology. Companies with plans to release systems built around Shanghai include Penguin Computing, Colfax, Appro, Verari Systems and Rackable Systems.
By showcasing partners before the Shanghai processor officially launches, AMD is looking to erase some of the unease created when it failed to deliver its 65-nm, quad-core Opteron processor "Barcelona" on time in 2007. Since it began shipping Barcelona in earnest earlier in 2008, AMD has gained back some of its market share in the server and workstation market, according to a recent report by IDC.