AMD pitches latest Opterons at swollen boxen
roll scale up the data centre
AMD today pushed out its latest round of quad core Opteron chips, this time designed for four-socket and eight-socket x86 server beasts.
The Sunnyvale, California-based chip maker said it has already begun shipping processors, which are in its 2300 and 8300 models and aimed squarely at the enterprise market, to Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Dell and IBM.
It is AMD’s latest attempt to stomp on rival Intel with its Opteron or “Barcelona” chip, after the original launch was scuppered by a design fault in the silicon last autumn.
Barcelona has already been gobbled up by the major OEMs, including HP and Dell. Opterons have also been shipped for lower end one socket systems.
The latest AMD quad core chips include the Opteron 2358 SE (2.4GHz) and the Opteron 2360 SE (2.5GHz), and customers can also get their hands on the Opteron 8358 SE (2.4GHz) and the 8360 SE (2.5GHz).
Each processor, which AMD said will work with a 95 watt thermal envelope, is loaded with the same 512KB of Level 2 cache per core as the other Barcelona chips, while all four cores share 2MB of L3 cache.
Apparently, Microsoft is wetting its pants over the new chip.
“As we prepare for the general availability of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 [which has missed its launch date by a considerable margin], we are excited about our work with AMD to provide our mutual customers a state of the art data platform for their business critical workloads such as ERP, Web, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing,” said Redmond’s SQL Server general manager Dan Neault.
No word from AMD on how much enterprises can expect to cough up for systems running the chips, however. It simply proclaims that the chips will be priced at an “industry-standard”.
Last week AMD launched its long-awaited Puma laptop platform into an unexpectedly open market after Intel was forced to delay its refreshed Centrino 2 platform. ®
doomsday is near for AMD
it's a waste of money and resources to obtain AMD chips that the company may be wipe out by INTEL and rising Chinese chip makers.
Unless AMD could make it magic to come up with a 3.0ghz desktop and laptop quad core CPU consume a mere 45W or less with temperature lower than 25 Celsius loaded with big 10 Mb L2 cache at below $200/chip.
Otherwise AMD is a company half way to the grave, if not ATI graphic sustain the survival, already there long ago. The company made CPU that no one wanted it.
@ Edward Amsden.... on, amanfromMars
Sometimes I think that if amanfromMars was on drugs, then his posts might actually gain some lucidity from the experience.
Still I suppose that there is always the possibilty that we may actually be required to use some form of narcotic/chemical substance on ourselves in order to comunicate fully with him.
Though personally I think amount of the substance required, might be bordering on the toxic side, so I'll pass on trying it out.
"Is it a Private Virtual Reality 4u2?"
---> Yes, how nice :)