AMD extends energy-saving technologies to servers

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AMD will extend the technologies for reducing energy consumption, which it already uses in notebooks, to the Opteron processor family. This technology that the chips noted how PowerNow with optimized energy management allows the operating system to reduce clock speed in certain periods, which is reflected in a reduction in energy costs of up to 80 percent, advances C | Net.

The use of technology in complementarity with the management software allows to program the timings PowerNow usage instructions that can be turned off during peak usage periods or transferred to a backup, explains Ben Williams, vice president of AMD’s microprocessor unit in a statement to the site.

According to the same source, the technology is embedded in all Opterons manufactured by the brand since the middle of this year, but it is not possible to take advantage of it until support at the level of the operating system and the level of the control system of the brand. hardware (BIOS) is available. This support is expected to advance in the first quarter of 2005 and will be valid for Windows and Linux versions of Novell, Red Hat and others.

It should be noted that the increase in the performance requirements of the machines has grown in recent years, accompanied by the problems of wasted energy that have become a central issue for companies due to their weight in the IT bill.

The extension of energy-saving technologies to the server segment is viewed very positively by the market and replicates an initiative already carried out by Intel, which also extended the SpeedStep technology from mobile processors to the server line.

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