By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
AMD's hybrid processor, Opteron, has been adopted by a number of server makers, including Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
Sun introduced a low-end server family this week, based on AMD's technology and ranging in price from £1,900 to £2,677.
In a research paper on hybrid 32/64-bit technology, analyst group Gartner advised users to evaluate the potential price and performance advantages of deploying Opteron-based servers for running applications such as terminal services, web servers, high performance computer clusters and mainstream 32-bit applications.
But Meta analyst Michael Burlison could see no benefit for users running 64-bit desktop systems based on Opteron or a future Intel hybrid chip. He said, "From an end-user perspective, 64-bits will not make much difference on the desktop." He advised users to invest in faster 32-bit systems and more installed memory.