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Eight-way Opterons promised by year-end

Taiwanese hardware maker Iwill is to begin volume production of an eight-way server based on the 64-bit Opteron 800 series processor from Advanced Micro Devices before the end of this year.

The Opteron 800 series processor was introduced by AMD in June 2003 to be used in eight-way servers, but so far the chip has been used in four-way servers.

Iwill's eight-way Opteron server is a 22.2cm-high rack-mounted unit. Inside, the server contains two motherboards stacked one above the other, with each board holding four processors. The server can be equipped with up to 64Gbytes of Double Data Rate memory, two CD-Rom drives and eight Serial ATA hard-disc drives.

"This is a very cost-effective way of building a high-performance server," said Iwill product marketing manager Gary Lin, adding that Iwill expected to see the eight-way Opteron server compete against more expensive servers based on Intel's 64-bit Itanium 2 processor.

Potential customers can obtain samples of the eight-way server now, and the server will be in volume production at the end of the year, Lin said. Iwill will produce the units under contract for other suppliers. Pricing has not been finalised.

So far the company has attracted interest in the eight-way server from two large suppliers, one in Japan and one in the US, Lin said.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service


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