AMD's 'Shanghai' Processor Will Emphasize Virtualization, Energy Efficiency
When Advanced Micro Devices officially releases its 45-nm "Shanghai" processor on Nov. 13, the chip maker will emphasize the microprocessor's ability to handle virtualization as well as the chip's energy efficiency traits. This latest AMD Opteron processor is likely to compete against the current crop of Intel Xeon processors, especially within the market for two- and four-socket servers. In addition to the engineering improvements, AMD is betting that Shanghai will help return some financial stability to the company and offer a more compelling processor to counter Intel's offerings.Advanced Micro Devices is poised to officially release the new 45-nanometer version of its Opteron processor line-formerly called "Shanghai"-Nov. 13, and AMD plans to emphasize the chip's energy efficiency traits and its ability to handle virtualization workloads. When Shanghai launches during the company's annual meeting with financial analysts Nov. 13, AMD will bring a total of nine new Opteron processors into the market for two- and four-way server systems. The clock speeds will fluctuate from 2.3GHz on the low end to 2.7GHz on the high end.
The prices for the new 45-nm Opterons will range from $377 for low-end parts to $2,149 for high-end chips. AMD is also planning to keep the pricing aggressive, especially compared with the previous generation of 65-nm Opteron processors. For example, the newer Opteron 8380 chip running at 2.5GHz is priced at $1,514, which is the same price as the older 65-nm Opteron 8356 processor running at 2.3GHz.