AMD enters Quad Core era without high performance models

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AMD today announced the details of its first four-core processors. Six months later than expected and nine months after competitor Intel did, AMD moves forward with the revamped Opteron line where it has – like the market – strong business hopes.

The first processors in the new line to reach the market will run at 1.9 and 2 GHz in the standard category and at 1.9, 1.8 and 1.7 GHz in the category designed to allow greater energy efficiency. They remain for now to fulfill the expectations of better performance of the market created by the company in the months preceding the launch of Barcelona, ​​code name for which the new line was known.

However, AMD promises for the last quarter of the year a high performance version of the new chips with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, still below the 3 GHz demonstrated two months ago to analysts and echoed in the press.

AMD’s delay in launching processors with four processing cores is due to the manufacturing method chosen by the company, which is more complex than that of competitor Intel and which ended up not only delaying the launch, but also requiring strong discounts on the price of processors previous generation to maintain competitiveness.

ATI becomes an alternative for Linux

In the coming weeks, AMD also plans to launch new versions of the graphics cards of the recently acquired ATI for Linux. The new 2D and 3D models will become compatible with the use of the Linux operating system, the company announced last week.

The first launch in this new strategy takes place with the commercialization of the chipset ATI Radeon HT2000 and Radeon X1000, which will already be available for Linux, with the respective technical document for programmers, since the drives are closed source.

The biggest effort in the area of ​​Linux is explained by the company with the growth of this software alternative. It will also be relevant that the competitor NVidia dominates this market area due to the lack of alternatives from ATI.

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