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AMD finally launches Barcelona server chip
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 10 September 2007 09:51

 AMD is betting its Quad-Core Opterons will take on quad cores from rival Intel by offering better performance while consuming less power

By Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service
September 10, 2007
Info World
After months of delays, Advanced Micro Devices' latest processor, a quad-core server chip called Barcelona, is at last expected to hit the market Monday.

The stakes surrounding the release of Barcelona, officially called Quad-Core Opteron, are high. AMD lost ground in the server-chip market to rival Intel in recent quarters and is counting on the new processor to reverse its fortunes.
That won't be easy. While AMD struggled to get the Quad-Core Opteron out of its factories, Intel shipped newer, faster processors expected to compete more closely with the new chip, particularly in the market for high-end servers with four or more processors.

Nevertheless, AMD is counting on technical differences between its quad-core chips and those from Intel to offer better performance while consuming less power.
Nine versions of the Quad-Core Opteron will be available from Monday, all manufactured using a 65nm process. These are the first quad-core chips from AMD and the first server chips from the company made using this technology. Previous server chips were made using a 90nm process.
"We used this opportunity as we move from 90 nanometers (nm) to 65nm to redesign the processor, to be able to optimize and get more efficiency out of it," said John Fruehe, AMD's worldwide business development manager for servers and workstations.... More   Comment in the Forums

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