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AMD updates Opteron processors

Tash Shifrin

AMD has launched its Next Generation Opteron processor family, in the latest round of its battle for the processor market with bitter rival Intel.

Alongside the new launch, AMD also announced that design work on its planned Quad-Core Opteron processors was complete. The new chips, with  four processor cores on a single silicon die, will be available in the middle of 2007.
 
AMD said the Next-Generation Opteron processors would be electrically, thermally and socket-compatible with the forthcoming Quad-Core products, to support upgrades and allow users to increase their computing capacity without having to change their datacentre infrastructure.

The Next-Generation Opteron processors have been designed to offer improved energy efficiency and performance per watt. The processors also include an integrated DDR2 memory controller to enhance virtualisation and provide efficient isolation of virtual machine memory.

AMD has been stepping up its competition with Intel, the world’s largest chip manufacturer, and has recently gained market share on its rival. Last month, AMD quietly slashed its processor prices, many by more than 50%, and moved to expand its business with the purchase of graphics chipset manufacturer ATI.

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