Feeds

AMD to bring forward dual-core Opteron debut?

Two-core chips coming as server chip turns two...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

AMD may be about to bring forward the launch of its dual-core Opteron server processors by a quarter. So suggest sources from among Taiwan's server manufacturing community, but there's circumstantial evidence to support the claim, too.

According to a DigiTimes report, which cites the aforementioned Taiwanese sources, the dual-core launch may have been re-scheduled for mid-Q2, ie. May, from some time in Q3.

The chip maker's public schedule calls for a mid-2005 release, but with Intel expected to launch its dual-core Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition processors in Q2, AMD may not want to be seen to debut its dual-core chips after its arch-rival does.

Launches and ship dates are not necessarily the same thing, of course, so we shouldn't perhaps anticipate product appearing any sooner, from either company, if launch dates are indeed brought forward.

AMD has already said it will announce the specifications of its 'Pacifica' virtualisation system later this month, but since it has said it will ship Pacifica-enabled processors early in 2006, that's probably not enough to indicate an early arrival for dual-core Opterons.

Stronger evidence comes in the form of the shindig AMD is going to be hosting in New York later this month, ostensively to mark Opteron's second birthday - the 64-bit server chips were launched in the Big Apple on 22 April 2003. Nice as it is to mark such an anniversary so ostentatiously, we can't help but wonder if AMD has an ulterior motive. Launching two-core Opterons two years (geddit?!?) after its launched the single-core version has a certain ring to it, and it's the kind of jingle marketing types usually prove unable to resist.

The dual-core 8xx, 2xx and 1xx series Opterons are codenamed 'Egypt', 'Italy' and 'Denmark', respectively. All three are to be fabbed at 90nm. The 8xx and 2xx are likely to ship first, followed some weeks later by the 1xx parts. ®

Related stories

Intel heeds Japanese antitrust probe warning
AMD to reveal 'Pacifica' processor virtualisation spec
Intel and server pals welcome beefy 64-bit Xeon
AMD 'pursuing foundry partnerships'
Benchmarks haunt AMD's Turion
Dual-core AMD Athlon 64 benchmarks emerge
AMD tweaks mobile chip roadmap

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
IT crisis looming: 'What if AWS goes pop, runs out of cash?'
Public IaaS... something's gotta give - and it may be AWS
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud tech
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.