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AMD to introduce low-power Opterons

AMD will offer mid- and low-power versions of its Opteron server and workstation processor in the first half of 2004.

AMD will offer mid- and low-power versions of its Opteron server and workstation processor in the first half of 2004.

The chips, which will be available in each of the 100-, 200- and 800-series Opteron lines, will consume 55 watts and 30 watts of power.

Compared with existing Opteron processors, whixh consume between 85 watts and 90 watts, these versions will offer considerable power savings and also generate less heat.

AMD is targeting applications that can benefit from lower power parts, such as blade servers, storage devices and server systems housed in large centres, where power supply and air-conditioning needs can increase operating costs.

These are market sectors similar to those which Intel is targeting with a version of its Itanium 2 processor announced last week.

The Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processor, formerly known as Deerfield, runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and has 1.5Mbytes of cache. It is available now and costs $744 in units of 1,000.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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