Advanced Micro Devices has taken the wraps off its first energy-efficient x86 server chips featuring four processing cores and a low 55-watt thermal envelope. The five new Opteron HE processors for blade and rack systems are all targeted at the enterprise data center , noted Randy Allen, AMD's server and workstation division manager.
"These new processors, which feature AMD's advanced power management and virtualization innovations, offer a compelling platform for power-conscious data center managers who are changing the way they think about performance " and "see power consumption and virtualization as the keys to solving their overall performance equation," Allen said.
An Important Metric
AMD's new energy-efficient quad-core chips are available for two-, four- and eight-way rack servers and blades. According to company executives, the chips have already set new performance records among comparable x86 energy-efficient processors.
Matthew Wilkins, a principal analyst at semiconductor research firm iSuppli, noted that energy efficiency has become an important metric of any microprocessor, regardless of whether it is used in a desktop PC , notebook or server. "For example, having a power-efficient multicore processor in a notebook PC ultimately equates to longer battery life, which vastly improves the laptop 's value proposition," Wilkins said.
Last month AMD introduced two 45-watt Athlon processors for desktop PCs. The company's latest quad-core server chips round out the chipmaker's microprocessor lineup to cover all three of its power-efficient computing bases.
"Data centers consume an awful lot of energy -- not only in terms of the servers themselves, but also because of the associated cooling infrastructure ," Wilkins said. "All of these energy costs can add up to a lot of money, so anything that can be done to reduce the costs of running a data center is certainly a very worthwhile development." (continued...)