AMD Offers Sneak Peek At First Dual-Core Processor

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 31, 2004

AMD announced today that it is demonstrating the industry’s first x86 dual-core processor at the company’s Austin facility. The chip is expected to possess superior processing power without the penalties of increased power consumption and heat dissipation.

The company is previewing an HP ProLiant DL585 server powered by four dual-core AMD Opteron processors manufactured on 90nm silicon-on-insulator process technology. The dual-core AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations is expected to offer the best performance per watt in the market when AMD plans to make it available in mid-2005.

“This industry milestone changes the dynamics of the computing business,” said Dirk Meyer, executive vice president, AMD Computation Products Group.

“Dual-core technology provides a path for increasing processor performance with little or no increase in power consumption or heat dissipation,” observed Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight64.

“AMD laid the groundwork for its dual-core processors years ago, when it gave its single-core AMD64 processors the on-chip plumbing they would need to support a second core at a later date. As AMD moves dual-core technology from theory to practice, it is reassuring to see that current investments in core logic and platform technology will remain relevant for years to come,” commented Brookwood.

Based on the existing 940-socket infrastructure, AMD expects the upcoming dual-core AMD Opteron processor to provide better performance on a majority of servers / workstation workloads by combining two processing cores on a single die. Dual-core processor technology will equip customers with more balanced performance based on industry-standard system architecture.

The company plans to introduce a full dual-core processor line-up for the one-to-eight-socket server and workstation market in mid-2005 based on the existing 940-pin socket. Dual-core processors for the client market are expected to follow in the second half of 2005.