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Opteron X-Series

24 June 2013

AMD

AMD has unveiled a new family of low-power server processors: the AMD Opteron X-Series, optimised for scale-out server architectures.

The company says the first AMD Opteron X-Series processors, formerly known as 'Kyoto', are the highest-density, most power-efficient small core x86 processors ever built – beating the top performing Intel Atom processor on key performance benchmarks including single thread and throughput performance with superior power-efficiency, twice the cores and L2 cache with a more advanced pipeline architecture, higher integration and support for up to 32 gigabytes of DRAM.

The AMD Opteron X-Series processors come in two variants. The AMD Opteron X2150, which consumes as little as 11 watts, is the first server APU system-on-a-chip integrating CPU and GPU engines with a high-speed bus on a single die.

AMD says this enables customers to take advantage of leading-edge AMD Radeon HD 8000 graphics technology for multimedia-oriented server workloads. The AMD Opteron X1150, which consumes as little as nine watts, is a CPU-only version optimised for general scale-out workloads.

'The data centre is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services,' said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit at AMD.  

'AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry.'

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