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x86 processors support ultra-low voltage 1.25V

Posted: 17 Nov 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:x86 processor  cloud computing  Bulldozer architecture 

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) unleashes Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series processors claimed as the only x86 processors to support ultra-low voltage 1.25V memory.

The processors have up to four memory channels with up to 1.6GHz memory. They claim to deliver increased scalability for virtualisation with up to 73 per cent more memory bandwidth.

"Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualisation has provided a new level of reliable consolidation and businesses are now looking to the cloud for even more agility and efficiency. We designed the new AMD Opteron processor for this precise moment," noted Paul Struhsaker, corporate VP and GM, commercial business, AMD.

AMD Opteron

AMD's Opteron processors have up to four memory channels with up to 1.6GHz memory.

IT customers can take advantage of new servers based on the engineering and business advantages of AMD's 'Bulldozer' architecture that has been engineered for the leading data centre workloads, said the company. Systems from Acer, Cray, Dell, HP, IBM and many additional channel and motherboard partners are expected on the market in the coming days and weeks.

The processors have between 4-16 cores and support up to 12 DIMMs per CPU for up to 384GB memory per CPU. In addition, the devices feature up to four x16 HyperTransport technology (HT3) links at up to 6.4GT/s per link. The Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series processors deliver as low as 4.375W/core power efficiency with power envelopes that are consistent with previous generation platforms. The company also boasts that the products offer up to 84 per cent better performance on key cloud, virtualisation and HPC workloads.

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