AMD Introduces World’s First 16-Core PC Microprocessor

Advanced Micro Devices on Sunday unveiled the world’s first microprocessor with 16 cores on a single chip. AMD is the primary competitor to the world’s biggest chip maker, Intel. AMD seems to have remained an underdog in the past years and sometimes shocks us with innovations like this. AMD says these processors are aimed at giving servers better performance and power efficiency. Well, I want this on my laptop!

The family is called the AMD Opteron 6200, formerly code-named Interlagos. The chips will give enterprise servers 84% better performance, 73% better memory bandwidth and better power efficiency with half the power per core. That saves about two-thirds of floor space and platform costs.

Corporate Vice President of Commercial Business at AMD, Paul Struhsaker  says the aim is to get businesses into cloud computing with more agility and efficiency. The new chips use AMD’s Bulldozer cores as AMD also introduces the AMD Opteron 4200 series. Systems running on the new chips will be available for purchase in the coming days and weeks from Acer, Cray, Dell and HP. This makes AMD’s server processor portfolio have a range from 4 to 16 cores.

Source: VentureBeat


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