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AMD Completes High Efficient Opteron Lines

New Dual-Core server processors focus on energy efficiency and performance-per-Watt

January 7, 2007 - Today, AMD announces five new Dual-Core Opteron processors. The 1218 HE, 2218 HE, and 8218 HE run at 2.6 GHz and all fit a 68 Watt TDP power envelope (Thermal Design Power). The 2220 and 8220 run at 2.8 GHz and both require a 95 Watt TDP. These are positioned at the top of the current 2000 and 8000 lines, and replace the 120 Watt SE chips (Special Edition).

AMD is currently replacing the complete 1000, 2000, and 8000 series. HE, standing for High Efficiency, emphasizes the focus on energy efficiency and performance-per-Watt. All the new Opteron processors come with PowerNow!, AMD's version of Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS). According to the chip manufacturer, this feature - formerly not found in server CPUs - can reduce processor power consumption by as much as 75 percent during idle times.

Native Quad-Core

AMD said the new processors, all part of the Santa Rosa HE family, are de predecessors to the Barcelona chips planned for later this year. By calling these "native Quad-Core processors", AMD emphasizes a very important difference from the Core 2 Quad processors. Intel's current Quad-Cores are actually two Dual-Core chips brought together in a single package (Dual-Chip Module, DCM). According to AMD, its Barcelona chips will offer a 40-percent performance advantage over Intel's current Quad-Cores.

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