Intersil and AMD to Bring Advanced Technology and Performance to 64-bit Platform
--Endura power management solutions to power upcoming AMD Opteron™ and eighth-generation AMD Athlon™ processor-based platforms
IRVINE, CA --
Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a leading provider of power management solutions for PCs, file servers, portable information appliances and residential gateways, today announced that it is working with AMD to provide advanced multiphase power solutions for the upcoming AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ processors. Intersil’s advanced power solutions provide cost effectiveness, reliability and high efficiency.
“The upcoming AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processor-based platforms are poised to meet future 64-bit market needs with exceptional technology and performance. Intersil’s advanced core power management solutions will help ensure reliability and high operating efficiency for consumers as well as enterprise computing,” said Rick Furtney, vice president of Intersil’s High Performance Analog Business Unit. “AMD and Intersil customers will have scalable, flexible solutions that can grow with the customers’ needs.”
“The upcoming AMD processors and Intersil's CPU power management solutions will ensure that system components, including graphics cards, I/O and DDR memory, provide optimized 32-bit and 64-bit performance,” said Rich Heye, vice president platform engineering and infrastructure. “Demanding consumer and enterprise customers can use the upcoming AMD and Intersil technologies to increase computing performance in single and multi-processor environments.”
Intersil’s Endura Power Solutions for the New AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon Processors
The Intersil Endura solution to power AMD’s next-generation processors is based on the new two phase ISL6569 and four-phase ISL6559 PWM controllers. These robust controllers work with any of Intersil’s MOSFET drivers such as the single-channel HIP6601B, HIP6603B and HIP6604B and dual-channel HIP6602B. The ISL6569 is offered in a 24-lead SOIC or 32-pad 5x5 mm micro lead frame plastic (MLFP) package while the ISL6559 is offered in a 28-lead SOIC or 32-pad 5 x 5 mm micro lead frame plastic (MLFP) package. Both the ISL6569 and ISL6559 are loaded with features that provide protection, precision and high converter efficiency. Notable features include: precise differential remote output voltage sensing, Dynamic VID™ technology for “on-the-fly” VID changing, 5- or 12-V bias and a pin-adjustable reference offset. These devices also use MOSFET on-resistance for current sensing to save space and component costs. Evaluation platforms and complete reference designs are available now to assist engineers with solution evaluation and design-in. The ISL6569 will be available in mass production in May while the ISL6559 will be in production in June.
About the AMD Opteron Processor
The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry’s first x86-64™ technology implementation. This technology is planned to preserve companies’ investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today’s most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport™ technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.
Intersil Power Management Technology
The Intersil Endura product family consists of leading power management solutions for desktop and mobile PCs, workstations, Internet appliances, RAID systems, high-availability servers, I/O and graphics cards, DDR memory and gateway products. Intersil’s leadership position has grown, capturing over 50 percent of the AMD Athlon™ and Intel® Pentium® 4 processors and providing power management solutions for next generation desktop, portable and wireless communications devices. The company is the first to introduce a complete cost effective power solution for new and next generation PCs that uses a multiphase power configuration to achieve unparalleled precision and efficiency. Learn more about Intersil’s Endura products at: http://www.intersil.com/endura/
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969, AMD is based in Sunnyvale, California. (NYSE: AMD). Web site: http://www.amd.com
Intersil is a global leader in designing innovative wireless networking and high performance analog solutions that enable wireless access to video, data and voice in homes, offices and public places. Creating advanced power management products, Intersil provides reliable solutions for file servers, portable information appliances and over half of all computer microprocessors manufactured today. With a rich high performance analog and mixed signal portfolio, Intersil brings added value in providing complete silicon, software and reference design solutions to new products that bring portable connectivity to people wherever they live, work or travel. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Intersil has offices in cities throughout the US, Europe and Asia. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit the company's Web site and career page at: www.intersil.com
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