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Monday, June 01, 2009

AMD Launches 6 Core Processor

AMD launched its six core server processor code named Istanbul, saying computer makers this month would be selling high powered products incorporating the chip.

The release of AMD's latest Opteron chip followed less than a week after Intel announced that it would begin production of an eight core Nehalem-EX processor, officially called the Xeon 7400 line, this year. Systems are expected in 2010.

Istanbul is available in 2, 4 and 8 socket systems, and is "drop-in" compatible with sockets in systems running current generation Opteron processors.

A new feature in Istanbul is called HyperTransport Assist, a technology that increases memory and input/output performance.

Replacing one of AMD's previous-generation quad-core processors with Istanbul will provide up to 34% more performance, according to AMD.

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