AMD Demonstrates World’s First Native Quad-Core x86 Server Processor
Based on 65nm Process, Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors Designed to Deliver Uncompromising Performance-per-Watt and Low TCO with Seamless Upgradeability for Servers and Workstations
BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE:AMD) today demonstrated the industry’s first native quad-core x86 server processor, achieving four x86 processing cores on a single die of silicon. At the annual AMD Industry Analyst Forum, a server powered by four upcoming Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors (codenamed Barcelona), manufactured on 65nm silicon-on-insulator process technology, was shown utilizing all 16 cores. By delivering a consistent thermal envelope while adding two more processing cores, along with micro-architectural enhancements, AMD expects to significantly advance the performance-per-watt capabilities(a) of AMD Opteron processors.
“IT managers require platforms that can help them run their mission-critical business applications reliably and with less infrastructure, power and space”
“AMD is guided by an overarching strategy to reduce datacenter complexity and to deliver performance increases without forcing customers to endure disruptive platform transitions,” said Randy Allen, corporate vice president, Server and Workstation Division, AMD. “We discussed quad-core requirements with our customers and their end users, and determined that, as we did with the introduction of dual-core x86 processors in 2005, only a native quad-core x86 server processor would excel in the broad set of dimensions that matter to our customers. With the introduction of native quad-core x86 processors in the second quarter of 2007, AMD plans to again deliver exceptional technology based on the same customer-centric design principles that steered the development of our award-winning AMD dual-core server, workstation, desktop and mobile processors.”
Upgradeability from dual- to quad-core processors is expected to be as straightforward as it was from single- to dual-core with AMD, with unchanged thermal and electrical envelopes. The demonstration today was an example of this. The reference server platform was seamlessly upgraded to quad-core by replacing the server’s existing DDR2-based AMD Opteron processors with the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors and updating the BIOS.
The upcoming AMD Opteron processors are based on AMD’s innovative Direct Connect Architecture, which reduces bottlenecks found in legacy front-side bus x86 architectures and includes AMD’s proven Integrated Memory Controller. These processors are designed to enhance I/O throughput and CPU-to-CPU communication, and to deliver increased performance with low power consumption and low memory latency.
As the next innovation on AMD’s consistent roadmap, native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors continue AMD’s tradition of reducing the total cost of ownership for the enterprise. Current DDR2-based AMD Opteron processor-based platforms should seamlessly upgrade to native quad-core AMD processors without compromising performance, power or heat – helping to meet the changing and escalating demands of the enterprise customer.
Native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are also planned to feature enhanced AMD Virtualization™ (AMD-V) technology with nested page tables, delivering world-class performance and advanced leadership in x86 virtualization, as well as energy-efficient DDR2 memory support.
“IT managers require platforms that can help them run their mission-critical business applications reliably and with less infrastructure, power and space,” said Vernon Turner, group vice president and general manager of IDC’s Enterprise Computing. “Because of AMD’s approach to design its multi-core processors from the ground up, AMD has set a new standard for multi-core computing in the enterprise.”
AMD quad-core technology was demonstrated on a reference server platform running 64-bit Windows® Server 2003. The four-processor server was powered by native Quad-Core AMD Opteron 8000 Series processors.
To access a videotaped discussion and demonstration of this technology, go to http://www.amd.com/quadcoredemo.
AMD expects to begin shipping native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors that incorporate four processor cores on a single die of silicon to customers in mid-2007. The first AMD quad-core processor line-up introduced will be for the two- to eight-socket server and workstation market.
About the AMD Opteron™ Processor
Today, more than 90 percent of the top 100 and more than 60 percent of the top 500 of the Forbes Global 2000 companies or their subsidiaries rely on AMD Opteron™ processor-based systems. Single- and Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors deliver exceptional performance and performance-per-watt to the market because they are built on AMD64 technology with Direct Connect Architecture, innovated to reduce bottlenecks inherent in traditional front-side bus architectures and enable a more efficient approach to computing.
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This release contains forward-looking statements regarding AMD’s product introduction schedule and the features and specifications of future quad-core processor products, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s current expectations. Risks include the possibility that the company will not achieve its current product introduction schedule and that customer adoption and infrastructure support of quad-core AMD64 processors will not occur as expected. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2005 and AMD’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 1, 2006.
(a) Simulations conducted in AMD laboratories indicate that certain database applications will see performance improvements up to 70 percent and certain floating point applications will experience performance gains of up to 40 percent over platforms powered by current dual-core AMD Opteron processors.
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