New processors, which will run at 30 watts and 55 watts, will launch in the middle of 2004.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is readying low-power
versions of its 64-bit Opteron chip that will run in
such products as blade servers and certain storage
AMD made the announcement on Tuesday at the Embedded
Systems Conference in Boston. The new processors,
which will run at 30 watts and 55 watts, will launch
in the middle of 2004.
In a prepared statement, Marty Seyer, vice president
and general manager of AMDs Microprocessor Business
Unit, said the new chips illustrate the Sunnyvale,
Calif., companys continued push to expand the reach
of its 64-bit technology.
"With mid- and low-power AMD Opteron processors, AMD
will now enable an enterprise to employ a common
infrastructure based on AMD64 technology at all levels
of its computing environmentfrom high-performance
clusters to blade servers," Seyer said.
AMD already offers numerous models of Opteron, last
week rolled out two new models, the 146 for
workstations and the 846 for four- and eight-way
At the same time, Intel last week launched Deerfield,
know as Low Voltage Itaniumwhich also is aimed at two-processors systems such as blade serversand what the chip maker is calling the DP-optimized Itanium 2. The latter is targeted at dual-processor systems used for high- performance technical computing and entry-level, front-end systems, such as proxy servers and network edge systems.
The key difference between Opteron and Itanium is the
formers ability to run 32-bit and 64-bit
applications. Itanium 2 offers a 32-bit emulation
layer, but runs 32-bit applications with the relative performance of a Pentium 4 chip.
At an event next week in San Francisco, AMD will
launch Athlon 64, a 64-bit chip designed for desktop
PCs. At its Intel Developer Forum 2003 in San Jose,
Calif., this week, Intel executives have said that
they dont expect demand for 64-bit desktop computing
to grow for several years.
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