AMD Aims Opteron-X 'Kyoto' Chips at Growing Microserver Space

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-05-30

Microservers will be a big part of Advanced Micro Devices' future. The chip maker sees the low-power, dense systems as a key growth area, and officials are expecting to become a significant player in the burgeoning market. The growth of cloud computing, connected mobile devices and Web 2.0 companies likes Google and Facebook are causing a shift in the data center, where servers increasingly are being asked to run massive numbers of small, highly parallel workloads and where energy efficiency is a key consideration. Systems makers large and small—including Hewlett-Packard and Dell—are looking to answer the demand. Likewise, chip vendors like Intel, AMD and ARM—and its cadre of partners—will compete with growing lineups of high-performance, low-power processors. AMD, which bought microserver maker SeaMicro last year and will start making ARM-based chips next year, on May 29 unveiled its x86-based Opteron-X "Kyoto" microserver processors, which officials say outperform Intel's Atom S1200 systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) in such areas as single-thread performance and throughput. They also consume as little as 9 watts of power. In this slideshow, eWEEK takes a look at Opteron-X and the microserver space.


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