AMD Always Lurking
AMD will also be in San Francisco next week. There, the chip maker will demonstrate a four-processor server based its newest dual-core Opterons, an official at the chip maker told eWEEK. The new chips, based on a revised design AMD calls rev F, add features such as built-in virtualization and an onboard memory controller that addresses DDR2 (double data rate two dynamic random access memory) granting access to the fastest DDR2 800 modules, whose RAM chips run at 800MHz.AMD executives speaking in San Francisco are likely to highlight the Opteron platforms designit uses direct connections chip-to-chip and chip-to-memoryand trumpet AMDs performance and power advantages over its large competitor. Click here to read more about what 2007 holds for Intel and AMD server chips. The Rev F Opterons are expected to arrive at about mid-year. Intel Bensley platform servers, meanwhile, are expected to arrive in May or June. They will come first with Dempsey, a higher-performing, 65-nanometer chip, and later will work with Woodcrest chips, due in the second half of 2006, and the quad-core Clovertown chip due in 2007. An Intel spokesperson said the company is on track to ship the Bensley platform in the first quarter. But he declined to comment on the companys plans. However, a representative from Hewlett-Packard, in an e-mail, said the computer giant is preparing a full line of Intel-based ProLiant and BladeSystem servers that will offer Dempsey and, later, Woodcrest. "HP is pleased to see Intels new Dempsey and Woodcrest processor technologies coming to market with volume shipments soonDempsey in May/June 2006, Woodcrest in 2H06," the e-mail said. Next Page: Itanium chips get the spotlight.
A new socket Fa socket secures a processor to a computers main circuit boardwill come with along with the chips and be able to receive quad-core Opterons in 2007, AMD is expected to say.