AMD Introduces the World’s Most Advanced x86 Processor
AMD has introduced the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor, the most advanced x86 processor and the first native x86 quad-core microprocessor. Designed from inception for the most demanding datacenters, the processor’s innovations were inspired by critical considerations for today’s most challenging business requirements: energy efficiency with a 50 percent increase in integer and floating-point performance, enhanced virtualization performance and investment protection via a customer-centric approach enabling non-disruptive transitions from dual- to quad-core within the same power and thermal envelopes to help keep infrastructure costs down. Systems based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors have been anounced by other manufacturers, including Appro, Egenera, Gateway, Rackable Systems, Supermicro and Verari. Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors feture an energy-efficient x86 architecture, bolstered by a variety of new power-saving technologies, including: • AMD CoolCore Technology, for reducing energy consumption by turning off unused parts of the processor • Independent Dynamic Core Technology, an enhancement to AMD PowerNow! technology, allowing each core to vary its clock frequency depending on the specific performance requirement of the applications it is supporting • Dual Dynamic Power Management, which provides an independent power supply to the cores and to the memory controller, allowing the cores and memory controllers to operate on different voltages, determined by usage.