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AMD unveils low-power Opterons

Advanced Micro Devices has released six Opteron processors designed for low-power applications such as blade servers and clusters.

The latest processors consume less power than the standard Opteron chips, so that they can be used in denser products such as thin blade servers or clustered workstations.

AMD made the announcement before the opening of the Spring Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, where Intel is expected to demonstrate a processor that adds 64-bit extensions to the 32-bit x86 instruction set.

The Opteron processor has been the only processor on the market so far that brings that capability to x86 servers, and has won the backing of server companies such as IBM and Sun Microsystems.

The Opteron HE series consumes 55 watts, while the EE series consumes 30 watts of power. The standard Opteron chips unveiled last year consume more than 80 watts, with the high-end 148, 248 and 848 chips consuming 89 watts at 2GHz.

AMD will market the Opteron processors in three categories. The 100 series is designed for one-way servers and workstations, the 200 series is designed for two-way servers, and the 800 series is designed for four-way and eight-way servers.

A HE version and a EE version was announced in each category. In quantities of 1,000 units, the Opteron 840 EE and 846 HE both cost $1,514, the Opteron 240 EE and 246 HE cost $851 and the Opteron 140 EE and 146 HE cost $733.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service


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