AMD has announced three new models in the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor family, delivering high-performance for one-way to eight-way x86 servers and workstations.
"Introducing the next Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor models less than five months after launching the initial Dual-Core Opterons shows undeniable technological leadership," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president, Commercial Business and Performance Computing, AMD. "In terms of performance-per-watt, nothing can touch the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor. It represents a potential annual savings of $50 000 for a data centre with 500 two-way systems."
Dual-Core Opteron processors offer significant performance gains while operating in the same power and cooling infrastructure as single-core processors. This can allow fewer servers to do the job of many, helping lower operating costs. In addition, AMD PowerNow! technology with Optimised Power Management can increase that savings because it enables servers and workstations to dynamically power down processors, based on usage. PowerNow! technology can reduce CPU power consumption by 75% during idle time, decreasing the strain on data centre cooling and ventilation systems and helping minimise overall power consumption for enterprise IT and workstation customers.
The AMD64 processor platform has earned the support of more than 1300 applications from more than 300 independent software vendors and open-source software organisations. These same software applications can support AMD64 dual-core processors with a simple BIOS upgrade and no substantial code changes. In addition, the industry's leading operating systems - Windows 64-bit editions, the Solaris 10 Operating System and Linux dual-core-compatible operating systems - are all optimised for AMD64 dual-core tech-nology.
"AMD64 dual-core technology helps us deliver industry-leading performance-per-watt to our customers. This is especially important in space- and power-restricted data centres," said Dave Turek, vice president of Deep Computing, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "We were among the first vendors to ship Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor-based blade, rack server and workstation offerings, and plan to ship the latest new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors in the IBM e326 server and the IntelliStation A Pro workstation."