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AMD cranks up dual-core speed

Antony Savvas

AMD has increased the speed of its dual-core Opteron server processors in an attempt to stay ahead of Intel in the market.

Dual-core chip have two processing engines on a single slice of silicon to boost performance.

AMD has introduced the Opteron 180, 280 and 880 processors, which operate at 2.4GHz  rather than the 2.2GHz of previous versions.

The new processors are aimed at computers equipped with between one and eight chips. AMD launched its first dual-core chips this spring while Intel’s first server dual-core versions will arrive later this year.


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