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By Samuel R. Avro on Jan 26, 2009 with no responses

AMD Rolling Out New Energy-Efficient Chips for Dell, HP Servers

AMD's Candian headquarters based in Markham, ON.

AMD's Canadian headquarters, based in Markham, ON.

Advanced Micro Devices today announced widespread availability of five new low-power 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ HE processors which will be highly-efficient and energy saving at 55-watt Average CPU Power (ACP).

“In the current economic environment, datacenter managers are under more pressure than ever to reduce costs without compromising the latest features or performance,” said Patrick Patla, general manager, Server and Workstation Business, AMD.

The 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE processor, with speeds ranging from 2.1 to 2.3 GHz, is designed to address a vast segment of the business computing market that must maximize performance during peak hours while managing the energy costs during idle and low-utilization hours, the company said in a press release.

“The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron HE series processor offers unrivaled performance-per-watt and cost-efficiencies for a wide range of configurations without a potential front-side bus bottleneck. In the second quarter AMD plans to take energy-efficiency to the next level in introducing even lower ACP processors for the unique demands of cloud computing environments,” said Patla.

The new processors are being released at a time that Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD and its main rival, Intel, are battling for a grip on the PC market that has been stumbling in the wake of the global economic recession.

The company says that server platforms based on these new AMD Opteron HE processors can offer up to 20% lower idle power compared to similarly configured competing systems, helping cut energy costs without compromising any of the processor features of the standard power options.

The new energy-efficient models are updated versions of AMD’s Shanghai processors which came to market in November.