AMD Opteron 148, 248, 848 officially announced
Today AMD announced its new AMD Opteron server and workstation processors with 148, 248, 848 ratings. All three chips operate at 2.2GHz and are respectively designed for 1-way servers and workstations (Opteron 148), 2-way servers (Opteron 248) and 4-/8-way servers (Opteron 848).
Thus we can now state that AMD 32/64-bit processors achieved 2.2GHz in volumes. If you remember, Socket 940 Athlon 64 FX 51 was the first to do this.
Another achievement of server AMD Opterons is the support for registered DDR400 memory. This is not a surprise as it first appeared in Athlon 64 FX 51 solutions, so we could expect this from AMD. It´s also interesting that, according to today´s press release, "all AMD Opteron processors with model numbers ending in 46 and higher will soon be available with the additional memory support. Therefore we should soon expect a new wave of annoucements related to AMD Opteron-based systems supporting registered PC3200.
Other specs of new Socket 940 Opterons are the same: 64-bit core, 64Kb associative bidirectional instruction cache + 64Kb associative bidirectional data cache (L1), 1Mb 16-channel L2 cache, integrated DDR controller supporting DDR200/DDR266/DDR333/DDR400 SDRAM, up to 3 x HyperTransport buses module (19.2Gbps total). All chips are made using 0.13µm process.
According to the press release, the AMD Opteron processor Model 848 will be priced at $3199 in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Opteron processor Model 248 is priced at $913 in 1,000-unit quantities and the AMD Opteron processor Model 148 will be priced at $733 in 1,000-unit quantities. Naturally, the previous models now cost less, so their wholesale prices are:
AMD Opteron wholesale prices
As for the future prospects, it seems the next AMD Opteron generation will arrive in H2 2004 only made using 90nm process. And we doubt there will be any significant breakthroughs until that time...
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