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AMD Begins Shipping Six-Core Opteron

Jun 02, 2009, 15:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Because the Istanbul family of Opteron 1000, 2000 and 8000 processors are socket-compatible with the existing "Barcelona" and "Shanghai" line of quad-core parts, it is possible to upgrade an existing server to the new processor. All that must be done aside from upgrading the chip is to upgrade the computer's BIOS (define).

"AMD had initially planned to release Istanbul in the second half of the year, but due to rapid progress on its part was able to move up the release date. In a pre-taped video statement, AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said the company had "executed ahead of internal expectations and beat its own performance and power goals."

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