AMD Launches 45-nm Opteron Line

From Tom's Hardware: With the rising demand for low power consumption, AMD answers the call with its new line of Opteron (aka Shanghai) 55-watt ACP processors, now available in five flavors through global OEMs and "solution providers." Currently HP utilizes AMD's processor in eight server systems; Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor-based servers from Rackable Systems are also available with systems from Dell, Sun and other companies coming soon.

According to AMD, the Opteron HE (highly efficient) line offers speeds ranging from 2.1 to 2.4 GHz while saving money during idle time, consuming 20 percent less power than competing systems. AMD designed the Opteron HP processor for businesses needing heavy processor power during peak hours and energy saving solutions during low-utilization hours. The pricing for the three chips ranges from $316 to $1,514.

“In the current economic environment, datacenter managers are under more pressure than ever to reduce costs without compromising the latest features or performance,” said Patrick Patla, general manager, Server and Workstation Business, AMD. “The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE series processor offers unrivaled performance-per-watt and cost-efficiencies for a wide range of configurations without a potential front-side bus bottleneck. In the second quarter AMD plans to take energy-efficiency to the next level in introducing even lower ACP processors for the unique demands of cloud computing environments.”

AMD also unveiled the two meatier Quad-Core Opteron SE (special edition) processors, both featuring speeds of 2.8 GHz and a 105-watt ACP thermal envelope. The Opteron 2386 SE is priced at $1,165 (two-socket) and the Opteron 8386 SE at $2,649 (four- to eight-socket). Head here to get a complete list of AMD pricing.

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