AMD releases first 0.13 micron-process server chip

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has extended its range of chips for servers and workstations with the release of the Athlon MP 2200+...

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has extended its range of chips for servers and workstations with the release of the Athlon MP 2200+ processor.

The chip runs at 1.8GHz, and is the first server and workstation chip from AMD to be manufactured on its 0.13-micron process technology. From today (27 August), AMD will also offer the Athlon MP 2000+ in a 0.13-micron version.

The smaller process allows AMD to reduce its die sizes, resulting in production of more chips from its silicon wafers. This smaller die size also improves the chips' performance and power consumption, Scott Gude, marketing manager for AMD, said.

"Low power consumption is key for individuals in heavy-compute environments and we've cut the power consumption by 12% over our 0.18 micron process technology," he said.

The chip is designed to be used in either single or multiprocessor configurations in servers and workstations. The inclusion of a dedicated bus for each processor gives a server with the 2200+ an advantage over systems set up with a single front-side bus sharing the load of two processors, which can lead to system tie-ups and low throughput, Gude said.

The 2200+ will compete against Intel's Xeon processors for servers and workstations. Intel also makes a 64-bit chip, Itanium 2, for high-end servers.

AMD plans to release a 64-bit server chip of its own in 2003 called Opteron. This will enable the company to compete with Intel and RISC chips from Sun Microsystems and IBM for the high end of the server market.

The 2200+ is available for $224 (£147), in 1,000-unit quantities. AMD has cut prices on other versions of its Athlon MP family, a standard practice by chipmakers when introducing a new chip.

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