AMD: Mid- and low-power processors coming in `04

Announced at ESC Boston, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale CA) will offer its Opteron processors in lower power versions in the first-half of 2004. Now available at full power rating of 89 W, the new processor models will cut power consumption to 55 W and 30 W, ''at some reduction of performance,'' according to David Rich, director of HPC marketing at AMD.

10/09/2003



AMD integrates a memory controller into the Opteron processor for high-speed communications.

Announced at ESC Boston, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale CA) will offer its Opteron processors in lower power versions in the first-half of 2004. Now available at full power rating of 89 W, the new processor models will cut power consumption to 55 W and 30 W, ''at some reduction of performance,'' according to David Rich, director of HPC marketing at AMD.

Conserving power and reducing heat generated are paramount in enterprise computing systems (servers, storage devices, etc.). Opteron processors with AMD64 technology also allow users to preserve their 32-bit application investment, while a seamless transition is provided to the 64-bit level for those that need it. “The processor runs at 32-bit speed, but has a 64-bit operating system to give a foolproof migration path to higher performance,” says Rich.

—Frank J. Bartos, executive editor, Control Engineering, fbartos@reedbusiness.com





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