AMD demos six-core Opteron processor: New in brief

Bridget Botelho

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

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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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