Saturday, March 31, 2012

AMD Opteron 16-core PC Processor

AMD was already leading the number of cores in the PC market with 8-core Bulldozer processor for desktop and 12-core Opteron processor for Servers. What comes now makes Intell fall back generations behind, at least in the PC segment.

The new 16-core processors from AMD are targeting enterprise servers for better performance with great power efficiency. AMD Opteron 6200 family of processors code-named Interlagos give enterprises as much as 84 percent better performance, 73 percent better memory bandwidth, and better power efficiency with half the power per core. They save about two-thirds on floor space and two-thirds on platform costs.

The five 6200 chips — 6262 HE, 6272, 6274, 6276 and 6282 SE — run at clock speeds between 1.6GHz and 2.6GHz, and are priced between US$523 and $1,019. The chips draw between 85 watts and 140 watts of power and will plug into existing server sockets to replace older 12-core chips.

This is a great deal for SMB companies that are getting their businesses into cloud computing with more agility and efficiency. The new Opteron chips use AMD’s Bulldozer computing cores.

The Bulldozer architecture mixes the CPU with integer units and a shared floating point unit so more operations can be executed per clock cycle while drawing lower power. Other chip improvements include Turbo Core technology, which can increase clock speed by up to 500MHz across all cores and up to 1GHz on some cores depending on the performance required.

AMD is also introducing the AMD Opteron 4200 series, formerly code-named Valencia, which will come with between six and eight cores. The chips operate at clock speeds between 1.6GHz and 3.0GHz, and are priced between $125 and $377. The 4200 processors are for dense server environments with low-power consumption. The chips draw between 35 watts and 95 watts of power, and as low as 4.3 watts per core

AMD is already workign the server OEMs like HP, Acer, dell to get these new 16-core chips to market, as early as possible.

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