Advanced Micro Devices has shipped a new Opteron chip that it is pitching as a processor alternative for servers that will be used in cloud computing infrastructure or "hyperscale" data centers.The Six-Core AMD Opteron EE processor operates at just 40 watts average CPU power (ACP), which compares with the 75 watts required by its predecessor.
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AMD on Monday introduced its six-core Opteron chip for servers, also known as Istanbul, and positioned it as a value play for data centers looking for an easy way to expand and power efficiency. For AMD, the early launch of Istanbul is a positive development in its battle with Intel.
On Monday, Intel presented its roadmap for its Opteron-killer chips, Xeon 5100 Series and explained why it will grab back any lost market share and stay ahead--this time.The chips are strategic to Intel (INTC) in keeping its dominance in lucrative server chip markets as data centers upgrade to computing systems using less electric power; this power issue is fast becoming the the single most limiting factor to expanding any computing facility.
Advanced Micro Devices is gaining share in the memory market from rival Intel and is poised to lure major computer makers to its new heavy-duty microprocessor, its CEO said on Monday. Hector Ruiz said in an interview that the Sunnyvale, California-based company was prepared to announce key customers for Opteron, its line of more data-intensive chips due in April that is AMD's biggest new product in four years.