AMD Expands Options for 4-Way And 8-Way Enterprise Computing with the AMD Opteron™ Processor 800 Series
—AMD also announces AMD Opteron processor 100 Series, offering businesses additional choice of AMD64 technology—
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AMD [NYSE: AMD] today announced an expansion of its family of AMD Opteron™ processors with the new AMD Opteron processor 800 Series, for 4-way and 8-way servers and the 100 Series, for 1-way servers and workstations.
The new AMD Opteron processors join the AMD Opteron processor 200 Series launched in April 2003. AMD Opteron processors are designed to enable an easy migration to 64-bit computing for enterprise and small and medium businesses as their needs require, while maintaining backward compatibility with 32-bit applications. Based on the industry-standard x86 instruction set, AMD Opteron processors offer increased flexibility and scalability for enterprise computing.
The 800 Series is scalable for up to 8-way servers and can meet customers’ long-range computing needs for enterprise infrastructure and applications by offering a simplified, non-proprietary server platform. 4P servers based on the 800 Series offer the world’s highest performance according to previously released benchmarks from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).
The AMD Opteron processor 100 Series is targeted at 1P server applications, such as those used by Internet and application service providers, and intensive workstation applications such as engineering and digital content creation software. Based on AMD64 architecture, both the AMD Opteron processor 100 Series and 800 Series offer increased bandwidth and reduced memory latency through leading-edge HyperTransport™ technology and an integrated DDR memory controller.
“AMD continues to lead the industry in providing flexibility to our workstation and server customers,” said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. “We delivered on our promise to provide the highest-performing 2P and 4P server processor in the world. We are now offering IT managers a complete range of 64-bit solutions that are designed to protect investments in 32-bit applications and lower their total cost of ownership.”
AMD Opteron processor Models 840, 842 and 844 and AMD Opteron processor Models 140, 142, and 144 are immediately available worldwide. Systems based on the AMD Opteron processor Models 840, 842 and 844 are available in North America through the recently announced Validated Server Program. A number of system builders, including APPRO, Aspen Systems, Inc., and RackSaver, Inc., are among the first to offer servers through this program.
Motherboards based on the AMD Opteron processor Models 140, 142, and 144 are expected to be available worldwide in July 2003 from ASUS with chipset support from NVIDIA. Systems based on the AMD Opteron processor 100 Series are expected to be available from such vendors as Angstrom MicroSystems and Boxx Technologies in the third quarter of 2003.
In 1,000-unit quantities, the AMD Opteron processor Model 840 is $749, the AMD Opteron processor Model 842 is $1299 and the AMD Opteron processor Model 844 is $2149. Also in 1,000-unit quantities, the AMD Opteron processor Model 140 is $229, the AMD Opteron processor Model 142 is $438 and the AMD Opteron processor Model 144 is $669. For a complete listing of AMD processor pricing, please visit http://www.amd.com/pricing
About the AMD Opteron Processor
The AMD Opteron™ processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core, which marks the introduction of the industry’s first 64-bit, x86 technology implementation. This technology preserves 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 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.
Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD (NYSE: 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 Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and silicon-based solutions for communications and networking applications.
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