AMD announced the AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor brand for dual-core desktop and desktop-replacement notebook processors. AMD is currently shipping samples of the AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core processors to leading OEMs worldwide and will officially launch in June 2005. Alienware, a leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop and mobile systems, showcased dual-core client platforms based on the non-disruptive AMD64 technology at the two-year AMD Opteron processor celebration. A broad portfolio of these multi-tasking processors will join the AMD64 family and includes models 4800+ (2.4GHz / 1MB x 2), 4600+ (2.4GHz / 512KB x 2), 4400+ (2.2GHz / 1MB x 2) and 4200+ (2.2GHz / 512KB x 2) with the price based on performance at $ 1001, $ 803, $ 581 and $ 537, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.
Charting another industry first, AMD today introduced a broad portfolio of
dual-core solutions from server and workstations for enterprise users to desktop
and desktop-replacement notebooks for consumers and business users. At the
second-anniversary celebration of the award-winning AMD Opteron™ processor, the
company announced immediate availability of the Dual-Core AMD Opteron 800 Series
processor for four- to eight-way servers. The 200 Series processors for two-way
servers and workstations will be available in late May. The new processors
deliver up to a 90 percent performance improvement for application servers over
single-core AMD Opteron processors. For desktop PC users, AMD announced the new
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor brand that will enable true multi-tasking
capabilities for richer computing experiences.
AMD’s key OEM customers, including Sun, HP and IBM, showcased ground-breaking,
dual-core platforms based on the non-disruptive AMD64 technology, the world’s
leading x86, 64-bit computing environment. Only AMD customers will have the
ability to upgrade 90nm-ready server platforms with dual-core processors and
continue running legacy 32-bit x86 applications as well as new 64-bit OS
“Just as AMD led the industry to pervasive 64-bit computing, AMD is now leading
the industry to the performance and power benefits of multi-core processors,”
said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor
Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. “We have flawlessly executed
manufacturing AMD64 processors, which is why today we are announcing the world’s
only broad dual-core client and server processor line-up, well ahead of our
announced schedule. Because our non-disruptive dual-core architecture is
designed to fit in today’s existing infrastructure and provide leading- edge
performance, enterprise customers can rapidly adopt AMD64 dual-core processors
for servers and workstations today and for client platforms in June.”
Dual-core processors are the next evolution of AMD64’s Direct Connect
Architecture and were designed from the ground up to directly connect two cores
on a single die, along with memory, I/O and dedicated caches, improving overall
system performance and efficiency and helping to eliminate the bottlenecks
inherent in a front-side-bus architecture.
Unlike other dual-core systems, migrating to dual-core processing based on AMD64
technology can be seamless, thanks to a non-disruptive upgrade path. AMD64
technology is designed to deliver the higher performance of a multi-core
processor in the same power envelope and the same infrastructure as a
single-core AMD64 processor. For server/workstation customers this means the AMD
Opteron processor can continue to provide the best performance-per-watt ratio in
The software advantage of dual-core AMD64 technology
For multi-tasking and multithreaded environments, two cores offer more physical
resources, enabling operating systems to prioritize and manage tasks from
multiple applications simultaneously and, therefore, maximize performance.
Dual-core AMD64 processors are designed to be compatible with the existing base
of x86 software, whether it is single-threaded or multithreaded. This means the
more than 1,300 applications from more than 300 ISVs and open-source software
organizations that are featured on the AMD64 Software Ecosystem Web site
www.amd.com/amd64ecosystem will be able to support AMD64 dual-core processors
with a simple BIOS upgrade and no substantial code changes.
More than 30 strategic software partners joined AMD in the launch of AMD64
dual-core technology, including market-leading vendors for operating systems,
development tools, database, IT infrastructure, engineering and graphic design
tools. The industry’s leading operating systems—Solaris 10 and Linux
dual-core-compatible operating systems and the upcoming Windows® 64-bit
editions—are all optimized for AMD64 dual-core technology.
“With the availability of Windows Server 2003 x64 editions and Windows XP
Professional x64 Edition, customers now have a mainstream, industry-standard
64-bit operating system optimized to take advantage of the performance and
efficiency improvements of AMD64 dual-core technology,” said Brian Valentine,
senior vice president, Windows Core Operating System Division, Microsoft Corp.
“The simultaneous availability of AMD64 dual-core processors and Windows x64
editions represents a huge performance leap and much greater value for Microsoft
customers. Microsoft congratulates AMD on its leadership in delivering
innovative technologies to the market.”
Dual core on the desktop: Do more in less time
Raising personal computing to new heights, AMD announced the AMD Athlon 64 X2
processor brand for dual-core desktop and desktop-replacement notebook
processors. AMD is currently shipping samples of the AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core
processors to leading OEMs worldwide and will officially launch in June 2005.
Alienware, a leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop and
mobile systems, showcased dual-core client platforms based on the non-disruptive
AMD64 technology at the two-year AMD Opteron processor celebration.
The AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor will especially benefit prosumer and
digital media enthusiasts, as well as those who run many software applications
simultaneously. With its breakthrough performance on multithreaded applications,
the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor will allow consumers and businesses to
take digital content creation and multimedia experiences to a whole new level.
PC users, who have been frustrated by staring at the hourglass icon when trying
to work on multiple programs at once, can significantly increase performance
with the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processor. For example, with the AMD Athlon
64 X2 Dual-Core processor, users can simultaneously burn a CD, check e-mail,
edit a digital photo and run virus protection – all without slowing down their
A broad portfolio of these multi-tasking processors will join the AMD64
family and includes models 4800+ (2.4GHz / 1MB x 2), 4600+ (2.4GHz / 512KB x 2), 4400+
(2.2GHz / 1MB x 2) and 4200+ (2.2GHz / 512KB x 2) with the price based on performance at $ 1001, $ 803, $ 581 and $ 537, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.
The award-winning AMD Athlon 64 FX processor consistently trounces the
competition on relevant benchmarks and continues to be recognized throughout the
industry as the world’s highest-performing processor for gaming. Because today’s
games are single-threaded, gamers’ demands will continue to be best served with
the knockout performance of the single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX processor. AMD
plans to introduce a dual-core version of the AMD Athlon 64 FX processor when
multithreaded software games are available to take advantage of its benefits.
Breaking through performance ceilings
On an industry-standard application server benchmark, the Dual-Core AMD Opteron
processor Model 275 bested the highest performing single-core AMD Opteron
processor Model 252 by nearly 70 percent and the single-core Model 248 by nearly
90 percent. The SPECjbb2000 benchmark measures the performance of Java
application servers, commonly used in ERP, CRM, e-business and other tiered
applications in which a Web browser is used to access information contained in a
database. Performance and benchmark information will be available on the AMD
Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core processors at the official launch in June.