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AMD Announces New Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor

AMD today announced widespread availability of its 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor (formerly codenamed "Shanghai"), delivering up to 35 percent more performance with up to a 35 percent decrease in power consumption at idle.

The new processors deliver faster "world switch" time, which enhances virtual machine efficiency, and feature improved Rapid Virtualization Indexing, AMD's innovation in AMD-V that reduces the overhead associated with software virtualization.



Features of the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors include:

  • Significantly higher CPU clock frequencies in the same power envelope in comparison to previous generations of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.
  • A 200 percent increase in Level 3 cache size to 6MB to help speed memory-intensive applications like virtualization, database, and Java.
  • DDR2-800 memory support
  • Upcoming enhancements to the AMD Direct Connect Architecture with coherent HyperTransport 3.0 technology, providing up to 17.6GB/s of bandwidth for processor-to-processor communication planned for Q2 2009.

According to the press release, 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors draw up to 35 percent less power at idle compared to the previous generation while delivering up to 35 percent more performance, and feature a number of new power-saving technologies. AMD Smart Fetch technology can help reduce power consumption by allowing cores to enter a "halt" state during processing idle times with zero impact on application performance and compliments AMD CoolCore technology, which reduces power to unused sections of each processor to further reduce power consumption.

The new processors fit into the existing Socket 1207 architecture and are also planned for use in the upcoming "Istanbul" processor, the next generation of AMD Opteron processors.

The latest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors at the 75-watt ACP ranging from 2.3 to 2.7 GHz are available immediately, with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE (55-watt) and SE (105-watt) processors planned to follow in Q1 2009.

The prices for new processors are as follows:

  • AMD Opteron 8384 - $2149
  • AMD Opteron 8382 - $1865
  • AMD Opteron 8380 - $1514
  • AMD Opteron 8378 - $1165
  • AMD Opteron 2384 - $989
  • AMD Opteron 2382 - $873
  • AMD Opteron 2380 - $698
  • AMD Opteron 2378 - $523
  • AMD Opteron 2376 - $377

Upcoming 45nm Desktop Processors AMD also plans to bring this higher-performance and more energy efficient 45nm processor technology to the desktop PC market in Q1 2009 with the AMD platform codenamed "Dragon." This platform will be the second generation AMD performance desktop platform, featuring all next-generation components in comparison to the first generation AMD "Spider" platform released in 2008. The AMD "Dragon" platform is called to optimize the performance of new 45nm AMD Phenom II X4 quad-core processors with AMD 700 Series chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics.

Source: AMD


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