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Chinese server maker Dawning plans to target the local market with a series of one- and two-way Opteron-based machines, AMD said today.

Four models are planned initially: two single-processor machines and the same number of dual-CPU boxes. All six will carry the Dawning-A brand name.

The entry-level I110A and R120A are based on the Opteron 100 series in tower and rack formats, respectively. The tower I220A and rack R220A are based on Opteron 200 processors.

All four machines are aimed not only at 64-bit applications, but 32-bit roles too, effectively pitching them at both Itanium and Xeon.

Dawning's systems to date - 32-bit PC-based machines for the mass market, and 64-bit rigs for the Unix world - have been based on Intel Pentium chips, and IBM RS64 and Power 3 processors, respectively. The AMD deal allows the company to span the gap between both existing ranges and ultimately, perhaps, replace them both with a single product family.

Last month, Dawning said it had chosen the Opteron 800 family as the basis for a ten teraflop supercomputer based on 2000 of the eight-way processors. ®

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