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AMD adds five processors to the Opteron line

AMD adds five processors to the Opteron line

AMD has just launched five more server processor models in its Opteron line. The new six-core processors, code-named Istanbul, gain in performance and reduce power consumption to 55 watts compared to the previous generation’s 75 and 105 watts.

The new Opteron Six-Core uses 45 nanometer technology and can be used on servers with four, six or eight processors. The various models have clock speeds starting at 2GHz and prices vary between 455 dollars and 2,469 dollars, for quantities of a thousand units.

The new processors are already available in HP’s ProLiant G6 line and next month IBM and Dell will also join the list of manufacturers integrating the Six-Core Opteron.

The server area is one of AMD’s bets that has been investing in technology to integrate a larger number of cores in its processors. In 2009 it launched the first four cores and in 2010 it hopes to be able to introduce 12-core processors.