AMD introduces Opteron 800 series processor

The new AMD Opteron processors join the AMD Opteron processor 200 Series launched in April 2003. AMD Opteron processors are designed to enable an easy migration to 64-bit computing for enterprise andsmall and medium businesses as their needs require, while maintaining backward compatibility with 32-bit applications. Based on the industry-standard x86 instruction set, AMD Opteron processors offerincreased flexibility and scalability for enterprise computing.

The 800 Series is scalable for up to 8-way servers and can meet customers’ long-range computing needs for enterprise infrastructure and applications by offering a simplified, non-proprietary serverplatform. 4P servers based on the 800 Series offer the world’s highest performance according to previously released benchmarks from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

The AMD Opteron processor 100 Series is targeted at 1P server applications, such as those used by Internet and application service providers, and intensive workstation applications such asengineering and digital content creation software. Based on AMD64 architecture, both the AMD Opteron processor 100 Series and 800 Series offer increased bandwidth and reduced memory latency throughleading-edge HyperTransportâ„¢ technology and an integrated DDR memory controller.

“AMD continues to lead the industry in providing flexibility to our workstation and server customers,” said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit. “Wedelivered on our promise to provide the highest-performing 2P and 4P server processor in the world. We are now offering IT managers a complete range of 64-bit solutions that are designed to protectinvestments in 32-bit applications and lower their total cost of ownership.”

AMD Opteron processor Models 840, 842 and 844 and AMD Opteron processor Models 140, 142, and 144 are immediately available worldwide. Systems based on the AMD Opteron processor Models 840, 842 and844 are available in North America through the recently announced Validated Server Program. A number of system builders, including APPRO, Aspen Systems, Inc., and RackSaver, Inc., are among the firstto offer servers through this program.

Motherboards based on the AMD Opteron processor Models 140, 142, and 144 are expected to be available worldwide in July 2003 from ASUS with chipset support from NVIDIA. Systems based on the AMDOpteron processor 100 Series are expected to be available from such vendors as Angstrom MicroSystems and Boxx Technologies in the third quarter of 2003.

In 1,000-unit quantities, the AMD Opteron processor Model 840 is $749, the AMD Opteron processor Model 842 is $1299 and the AMD Opteron processor Model 844 is $2149. Also in 1,000-unit quantities,the AMD Opteron processor Model 140 is $229, the AMD Opteron processor Model 142 is $438 and the AMD Opteron processor Model 144 is $669. For a complete listing of AMD processor pricing, please visit


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