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AMD today introduced the Opteron 246, the latest iteration of its 64-bit CPU aimed at two-way workstations and servers.

Thanks to a press release schedule accidentally emailed to all and sundry last month, the launch was anticipated. However, we note that AMD bumped the release back a day just to confuse all those who had been expecting the 246 to see light of day on 4 August.

In any case, IBM effectively pre-announced the 246 last week in a press release of its own which highlighted its Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology supercomputing cluster construction contract.

That machine will be based largely on Opteron-based eServer 325 machines, a point AMD reiterated today. The chip maker understandably failed to mention that IBM's cluster also contains 260 Intel Xeon-based servers.

The Opteron 246 is priced at $794 in batches of 1000 chips and is officially available today. That price point was made available last week when AMD cut the price of the Opteron 244 from $794 to $690, alongside price cuts to its Athlon MP and mobile offerings. ®

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