AMD Revs Its 64-Bit Opterons
Three new 2.4GHz chips will be available in HP, IBM and Sun machines.Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday will unveil three new models of its 64-bit Opteron chip that will feature better performance through higher frequencies and faster memory controllers. The Opteron Model 250, for two-processor servers, will be available immediately, according to Ben Williams, vice president of AMDs server and workstation business unit. The 150, for one-way systems, and the 850, for four-ways and larger, will be released within the next 30 days, Williams said.
The new chipswhich Williams said will start appearing in systems from such OEMs as Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc.will come in at 2.4GHz. The fastest speed currently is 2.2GHz. Because the chips feature embedded memory controllers, the speed of the controllers also goes up as the processors frequency increases.