IT & Network Infrastructure : Intel, AMD Push x86 Chips into High-End Server Market
AMD and Intel are rolling out high-end, high-performance x86 server chips. AMD shot first March 29 with its eight- to 12-core Opteron 6000 seriespreviously code-named Magny-Courswhich officials say will combine with the upcoming four- to six-core Opterons, code-named Lisbon, to offer businesses two platforms for the two-socket servers that make up the bulk of x86 systems sold. With high performance, memory bandwidth and capacity, and aggressive pricing, the series also will make it more palatable for businesses to adopt four-socket servers. For its part, Intel's new eight-core Xeon 7500 seriesformerly code-named Nehalem EXoffers performance, memory and RAS capabilities normally seen in higher-end RISC or mainframe systems, and will give businesses looking to move off their high-end Unix-based servers an x86 alternative, according to Intel officials.