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April 27, 2009

AMD introduces 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron EE processor

The new EE processor claims to deliver up to 62% improved performance-per-watt over the previous generation

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has introduced the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron EE processor with its lowest x86 quad-core server power band.

According to the company, the new 40W ACP processor is designed for very dense data center environments such as those built for cloud computing, web serving, or other highly dense environments. It reportedly offers a full suite of virtualization and power management capabilities so customers do not have to compromise on feature sets in order to deploy very low power servers.

AMD said that the Quad-Core AMD Opteron EE processor adds power efficiency improvements over the Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor within the same platform with a 13% reduction in platform-level power consumption and up to a 14% reduction in processor power at idle. At the same performance level, the new EE processor is reported to deliver up to 62% improved performance-per-watt over the previous generation.

AMD also announced new, high performing processors available in the HE, standard, and SE power bands, as well as support for HyperTransport 3 technology and a new fine-tuning feature called AMD Core Select, which enables IT managers to turn off one or more cores, helping them to fine tune their hardware for their specific operating conditions and workloads.

Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager of server workstation business at AMD, said: Adding the 40 watt EE power band to the Quad-Core AMD Opteron line-up helps our customers achieve maximum value for their unique data center needs across the board. The EE processor is ideal for cloud computing environments, which demand both extreme energy efficiency and a balanced system that can handle high transactional demands.

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