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AMD held a demonstration of its new quad-core, 45nm Opteron processor, Shanghai, on Wednesday to show a live demo of the working product in front of the assembled press.
AMD had seen its first effort at quad-core, the 65nm Barcelona, dogged with delivery problems and other issues. The chosen venue for the debut was a datacenter belonging to the second largest ISP in Europe, Strato, in Berlin.
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The company was running a large server kitted with Barcelona processors. Next to it was a server that looked almost identical and was fitted with the new Shanghai processors — shown here. As Shanghai is a drop-in replacement for Barcelona, working in existing motherboards after a Bios refresh, most new Shanghai servers will be physically identical to their predecessors — at least until mid-2009, when new chipsets will enable new features.