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AMD Officially Kicks off Multi-Core!

AMD Officially Kicks off Multi-Core! news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Apr 22, 2005 12:27 am

As was expected, today brings the launch of AMD's new dual-core Opteron processors for workstation and server based platforms, taking technology to new heights in the computing industry. Also unveiled by AMD today is what most of us are really holding out for, their upcoming Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual-Core processor for desktop consumer use. For all the details be sure to check out the full PR here folks.


NEW YORK-April 21, 2005-Charting another industry first, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced a broad portfolio of dual-core solutions from server and workstations for enterprise users to desktop and desktop-replacement notebooks for consumers and business users. At the second-anniversary celebration of the award-winning AMD Opteron(tm) processor, the company announced immediate availability of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron 800 Series processor for four- to eight-way servers. The 200 Series processors for two-way servers and workstations will be available in late May.


The new processors deliver up to a 90 percent performance improvement for application servers over single-core AMD Opteron processors. For desktop PC users, AMD announced the new AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual-Core processor brand that will enable true multi-tasking capabilities for richer computing experiences.


In a seperate annoucement, AMD make note of key OEM customers Sun, HP, and IBM to be soon showcasing an array of dual-core platforms based on the new Opteron processors, as per the supporting PR located here.


NEW YORK-April 21, 2005-In support of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor, the industry's first enterprise-class x86 dual-core processor for servers and workstations launched today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced its key OEM and system builder customers will introduce a broad portfolio of server and workstation dual-core solutions. AMD's key OEM customers, including Sun, HP and IBM, announced today their intention to launch ground-breaking, dual-core processor-based platforms based on the non-disruptive AMD64 dual-core technology, the world's leading x86, 64-bit computing environment. Additional partners also announced dual-core systems.


"Because we built AMD64 technology from the ground-up for multi-core processing, it is a non-disruptive, upgradeable platform, for high-performance software and hardware solutions. AMD OEM partners and system builders can now have several inherent advantages over the competition-faster time-to-market, lower design and support costs and potentially lower cost of operations. This is the height of customer-centric innovation," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD.


And in a final press release, this one from VIA Technologies; they unveil a new line of K8 series chipsets today which provide full support for the new dual-core Opteron processors.


Taipei, Taiwan, April 21 2005, - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced comprehensive support for the latest Dual-Core AMD Opteron™ processors with its acclaimed K8 Series of core-logic chipsets.


As the industry transitions from single to multi-core technology for higher performance in multi-threading and multi-tasking environments, VIA is working closely with industry partners to ensure comprehensive platform support and unconstrained performance. With the introduction of the first Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors, AMD continues to provide technology leadership for server platforms, strengthening the AMD Opteron processor's performance and fostering a robust infrastructure environment that VIA has long been a part of.


The VIA K8 Series chipsets, including the new VIA K8T890, leverage VIA Hyper8™ technology to ensure high speed, low latency performance with the latest AMD Opteron™ processors, ideally supporting dual-core architectures in the next generation of powerful server solutions. The VIA K8T890 also integrates 20 lanes of PCI Express connectivity, enabling high bandwidth peripheral connections and support for the latest professional-class 3D graphics solutions for workstation applications.


In conclusion, here's a listing of several sites that have been playing with the new dual-core Opteron processors to see how they compare to previous single-core equivilents and competing Intel solutions. Only a few so far but i'll update the list as more surface folks :-


- Anandtech
- FiringSquad #1
- FiringSquad #2
- Hexus
- LinuxHardware
- Techbits
- Tech Report
- Trusted Reviews


- Articles and Reviews from around the Web

- Apple 30in Cinema Display & Matrox Parhelia DL256 @ Trusted Reviews
- Computers in Space @ Bit-Tech
- The road to dual core, Intel hits the gas @ Hardware Analysis
- Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive @ PCStats
- Asante FriendlyNET FR1104-G 802.11g Wireless @ Modsynergy
- Monarch Empro Goes Dual-Core @ Anandtech
- Imation Disc Stakka: Automated CD, DVD Storage and Retrieval @ Toms Hardware
- The 2.5" vs. 3.5" RAID Challenge @ Toms Hardware
- ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition (GeForce 6800) @ Hardware Zone
- NMediaPC HTPC 100B Case @ ModTheBox
- Logitech MX518 Gaming Grade Optical Mouse @ Nytejade


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