AMD rounds out Opteron line

Advanced Micro Devices has expanded its range of Opteron processors with the 800 series for eight-way servers and the 100 series...

Advanced Micro Devices has expanded its range of Opteron processors with the 800 series for eight-way servers and the 100 series for single-processor servers.

The release of the Opteron 800 and Opteron 100 series processors completes the initial lineup of Opteron processors AMD announced in April, and represents the rest of the company's strategy for selling more of its chips to the enterprise market.

AMD released the Opteron 200 series for two-way servers at its launch event in New York in April.

AMD also unveiled its Validated Server Program (VSP), which is designed to let smaller system companies have access to manufacturing expertise and technical support for Opteron servers.

AMD is partnering with manufacturing company Celestica to offer VSP participants the choice of partially assembled or fixed configuration Opteron 800 and Opteron 200 servers.

Two rack-mount servers will be initially available: the 4U (7-inch high) A8440 server with four Opteron 800 series processors, and the 1U A2210 server with two Opteron 200 series processors. Celestica will also provide system builders with help in servicing, supporting, and shipping the new servers.

Appro International, Aspen Systems, and Racksaver are the initial members of the VSP program. AMD will expand the VSP program to Europe and Asia in the second half of the year.

Three Opteron 800 processors are available immediately through the VSP-affiliated system builders in North America. The Opteron 844 costs $2,149, the Opteron 842 costs $1,299, and the Opteron 840 costs $749, all in quantities of 1,000 units.

The 800 series chips will be available worldwide later this year.

In quantities of 1,000 units, the Opteron 144 costs $669, the Opteron 142 costs $438, and the Opteron 140 costs $229. They are available immediately worldwide, and motherboards from Asustek Computer for the Opteron 100 series processors will be available in July.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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