AMD is putting the spotlight on its upcoming six-core 45-nanometer AMD Opteron processor, code-named Istanbul, with live demonstrations on YouTube. The x86 six-core processor is designed for systems with two and four or more sockets, and is due in the second half of this year.
Istanbul is compatible with current AMD Opteron processor-based systems, and to prove this, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. demonstrated on YouTube a live upgrade of a system based on 45-nm quad-core AMD Opteron processors to the six-core Istanbul processors. According to the time-lapsed video, the upgrade took more than eight minutes.
AMD claims Istanbul provides better performance and efficiency than other Opteron chips, and a simple performance demonstration on YouTube shows four Istanbul processors operating and running virtual machines.
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