AMD has launched the first commercial dual-core processors for both servers and desktops, days after rival Intel's launch of its first dual-core chips for desktops.
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Dual-core processors are effectively two processors on a single piece of silicon. They can almost double processing performance and save space in the control board.
While Intel will not have dual core processors for servers ready until the beginning of next year, AMD, which has rapidly expanded its server business, has launched the Dual-Core AMD Opteron 800 Series processor for four- to eight-way servers.
The 200 Series processors for two-way servers and workstations will be available in late May.
The processors deliver an up to 90% performance improvement for application servers over single-core AMD Opterons, according to AMD.
For desktop PC users, AMD announced the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core brand, which will enable true multi-tasking and better performance.
AMD’s key OEM customers, including Sun, HP and IBM, have showcased dual-core platforms based on AMD64 technology - the company's 64-bit x86 computing environment.
Dell, a close ally of Intel, has not so far got behind AMD’s dual-core programme, but has already started shipping workstations equipped with Intel’s dual core processors.
Users can buy AMD dual-core-based servers today, and AMD expects workstation availability this June.
HP has launched the HP ProLiant BL45p server blade and the dual-core HP ProLiant DL585 with both systems based on the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor.
IBM and Sun have also followed suit with new products.