AMD to introduce low-power Opterons

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will offer mid- and low-power versions of its Opteron server and workstation processor in the first half of 2004, the company said Tuesday.

The two new chips, which will be available in each of the 100-, 200- and 800-series Opteron lines, will consume 55 watts and 30 watts of power, the company said in a statement. Compared to current Opteron processors that consume between 85 watts and 90 watts, the new versions will offer considerable power savings and also generate less heat.

AMD is targeting the processors at applications that can benefit from lower power parts such as blade servers, storage devices and server systems housed in large centers where power supply and air conditioning needs can increase operating costs, the company said.

These are market sectors similar to those that AMD rival Intel Corp. is targeting with a new version of its Itanium 2 processor announced last week. The Low Voltage Intel Itanium 2 processor, formerly known as Deerfield, runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and has 1.5M bytes of cache. It is available now and costs US$744 in units of 1,000.

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