Latest news Monica Chen, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Tuesday 15 November 2011]
AMD, on November 14, announced its latest 16-core Opteron 6200 series server processors, previously codenamed Interlagos, in Beijing, China with server players such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Supermicro, will all launch related systems and motherboard products.
AMD also revealed its Opteron 4200 series (Valencia) processors along with the Opteron 6200 with company corporate vice president and general manager, Commercial Business Paul Struhsake pointed out that the new CPUs will only consume half the power per core, requiring two third less floor space and up to two third lower platform price.
Furthermore, AMD also announced it will expand its product lineups for 2012 with a new Opteron 3000 service platform to be revealed in the first quarter, targeting high-density and ultra-low-power consumption 1-way web hosting, web serving and microserver markets. The platform will feature quad- to eight-core CPUs codenamed Zurich that will launch in the first half of 2012. Zurich features Bulldozer structure and supports AM3+ sockets.
Prior to the announcement, AMD has received a cooperation project worth of 50 billion yuan (US$7.87 billion) from the Beijing government, which will also supply 40% of the 100,000 server CPUs orders from Chengdu government's cloud computing center project and with more city governments in China currently seeking cooperation with AMD, it is expected to greatly enhance the company's revenue performance in the future.
According to AMD, together, the new features of Bulldozer allow AMD's latest microprocessors to "deliver unparalleled performance, scalability and efficiency" for highly threaded workloads like HPC, database, virtualization, and especially, the emerging web and cloud market.
AMD also announced the expansion of its 2012 roadmap with the addition of the new AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform. The AMD Opteron 3000 Series platform is targeted to the ultra-dense, ultra-low power 1P web hosting/web serving and microserver markets. The first processor will be the 4-8 core CPU code-named “Zurich”, expected to ship in the first half of 2012. “Zurich” is based on the “Bulldozer” architecture and leverages the new Socket AM3+. ========================================= Is Paul O. putting ready for another rounds of bribes?
The new AMD Opteron™ 6200 Series processor delivers the world's highest core density, lets users host more virtual machines per server, handle more database users and solve more complex HPC applications with fewer nodes and less power - offering a better option for the hyper-efficient, virtualized, cloud-ready world.
Performance for Data Centers
84% greater performance for HPC than the competition1 Up to 160% more cores2 to handle more VMs per platform and minimize datacenter space Low cost per VM lets you deploy fewer physical servers1 as business needs scale up
Scalability for Virtualization
73% more memory throughput3 to scale as your workloads grow
Economics for the Cloud
Unparalleled efficiency with 1/2 the power-per-core4 Requires 2/3 less floor space5 1/3 to 2/3 lower platform price6 ======================================== AMD Opteron 6200 & 4200 Series Animated Video
And the last place I would turn for credible relative performance data would be the manufacturer, whether that is Intel or AMD. But you AMD fan boys lap it up as if it were a puddle of pee from Jerry's spigot.
On the other hand, let's check out what the independent industry analysts are saying about the new Opterons:
Too bad for AMD. This announcement verifies the suspicion that demand for the new Opteron chips in high margin developed geos is extremely low. Like Fusion, AMD is being forced to dump Interlagos in low margin emerging markets. Not so bad for Fusion, which is only moderately costly to produce, but for Interlagos which is a big chip, this is basically a marketplace rejection of the product. If it starts like this, it can only get worse in terms of low demand.