AMDs Opteron Chip Gets Boost From IBM
IBM's popular DB2 database software will be ported to the chipmaker's upcoming 64-bit Opteron processor.Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday announced that IBMs popular DB2 database software will be ported to the chipmakers upcoming 64-bit Opteron processor, set for release in the first half of next year. Tying the upcoming server chip to one of the leading database-management applications should give AMDs new product greater credibility among enterprise users, who have largely avoided using the chipmakers 32-bit PC and server products. "The fact that you can run DB2 means that the chip is going to be taken more seriously as a high-end processor," said Tony Iams, an analyst with D.H. Brown Associates Inc.
AMD, of Sunnyvale, Calif., is positioning its chip to take on rival Intel Corp.s new Itanium product line in the workstation and server market. Both chipmakers are hoping their relatively low-cost offerings and compatibility with Microsoft Corp.s Windows software will help them take share in a market currently dominated by RISC-based chips from Sun Microsystems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM.