AMD Announces AMD Opteron™ Processor-Based Server Evaluation Program
—AMD teams with Newisys and Sanmina-SCI to provide pre-production servers for testing and development—
New York, NY --
At LinuxWorld Expo 2003, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is working with technology partner Newisys and contract manufacturer Sanmina-SCI to make available a maximum of 500 AMD Opteron™ processor-based servers to system builders and end customers for early testing and development of applications on AMD’s x86-64 technology. The systems, based on pre-production AMD Opteron processors and Newisys “Khepri” platforms, will be available in two configurations and will be available directly from Sanmina-SCI.
The program will make available AMD Opteron processor-based servers suitable for high-end enterprise class systems and applications. Servers will feature evaluation Newisys Khepri motherboards for 2P, 1U chassis.
“The AMD Opteron processor evaluation program was developed to fulfill the significant demand from the marketplace for early evaluation AMD Opteron processor-based servers. It is designed to enable system builders and enterprise customers to experience the superior flexibility and performance offered by AMD Opteron processor-based systems,” said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business segment, Computation Products Group, AMD. “The AMD 64-bit architecture and Newisys’ advanced systems management capabilities is planned to allow customers to port and test code for both 32- and 64-bit environments.”
"We believe AMD and Newisys technologies will dramatically change the enterprise computing environment in the near future, and we are delighted to work with AMD to offer this program through our channel partners," said Jack Steeg, SVP Sales and Marketing for Newisys. "The end-user demand that we have seen thus far has been outstanding. We have a sizeable number of strategic system builders ready to deploy these servers as soon as available. This program, with the support of Sanmina-SCI, is aimed at starting a rapid and smooth ramp to high-volume production at the time of launch."
"We are pleased Sanmina-SCI has been selected as the manufacturing partner to support AMD and Newisys on the AMD Opteron processor seeding program. We are very excited about this next-generation server technology and have received a great deal of customer interest in these early prototype systems,” said Sundar Kamath, Senior Vice President of Sanmina-SCI’s Global Technology Solutions group. “As a premier server contract manufacturer in the industry today, we look forward to providing the long-term engineering support and global production infrastructure required for Newisys’ AMD Opteron processor-based platforms."
Because of significant response to the AMD Opteron processor evaluation program, server vendors and customers interested in a pre-production system are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
. Customers can visit www.newisys.com
to see a list of system builders that have an inventory of evaluation units ready for purchase.
About the AMD Opteron™ Processor
The upcoming AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core, which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry’s first 64-bit, x86 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.
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 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $2.7 billion in 2002 (NYSE: AMD).
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