New AMD Opteron(TM) 4000 Series Platform is the First Designed for Unique Needs of Cloud and Hyperscale Data Centers

World's lowest power-per-core¹ server processor offers exceptional cost efficiency, platform flexibility / Available with extended longevity for embedded systems
(PresseBox) (San Fransisco, ) At the GigaOm Structure Cloud Computing and Internet Infrastructure conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the new AMD Opteron(TM) 4000 Series platform. This is the first server platform designed from the beginning to meet the specific requirements of cloud, hyperscale data center, and SMB customers needing highly flexible, reliable, and powerefficient 1 and 2P systems. This platform is also available for highend embedded systems such as telecom servers, storage, and digital signage, through AMD Embedded Solutions. Systems from Acer Group, Dell, SGI, Supermicro, ZT Systems, and numerous other channel partners are expected beginning today and in the coming months.

"Until now, customers wanting to build a dense and powerefficient cloud or hyperscale data center had to shoehorn expensive, higherend solutions into their computing environment, or they had to choose lowpower clientbased designs that may not have offered the right level of performance and server functionality," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "With the AMD Opteron 4000 Series platform, these customers now have a server platform that is extremely power- and costefficient, allows a high degree of customization, and is also an ideal solution for highend embedded systems."

- Power remains the number one concern in the data center(2). The AMD Opteron 4000 Series platform offers four- and sixcore performance at less than 6W per core(1), reduces power up to 24% over the previous generation³, and allows more than double the servers within the same power budget as previous generation platforms(3).

- The current business climate means many customers must look closely at capital expenditures and reevaluate IT budgets. In addition to ongoing savings associated with ultra powerefficient platforms, the AMD Opteron 4100 Series processor offers price points as low as $99 and is a nocompromise, trusted serverclass processor with full feature sets.

- The AMD Opteron 4100 Series processor is ideal for customdesigned servers because it allows for smaller heat sinks, power supplies, and fans, as well as low voltage memory to help improve power efficiency. Depending on how the system will be used, customization also allows unnecessary, powerconsuming features to be eliminated, further driving cost and power efficiency.

- This platform is available with embedded industrystandard 5+2 years longevity and provides the power, price, and performance balance required for highend, commercialclass embedded systems with specific target markets and long product life cycles.

- While highly flexible, the AMD Opteron 4000 Series platform is chipset- and socketconsistent with the 8- and 12core AMD Opteron 6000 Series platform and is planned to support the new "Bulldozer" core, planned for 2011.

Customer and Partner Perspectives

- Acer Group
- Dell Custom Solutions
- SGI
- Samsung
- Supermicro
- ZT Systems

Supporting Resources

- AMD Opteron 4000 Series platform press kit
- Press Presentation
- AMD@Work blog exploring SMB solutions
- The AMD Embedded Solutions blog on AMD@Work
- AMD Opteron YouTube playlist
- AMD Unprocessed Flickr stream

(1) 1 As of June 8, 2010, AMD Opteron™ processor Models 4162 EE and 4164 EE have the lowest known power per core of any server processor, at 5.83W (35W/6 = 5.83W/core). Intel’s L5609 is 10W/core (40W/4 cores). See http://www.intel.com/....

(2) According to IDC Worldwide Server Energy Expense 2009–2013 Forecast dated Dec 2009; Doc #221346 Market Analysis

(3) Internal measurement s of Supermicro 2021M-UR with Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor Model 2380 processors vs. Tyan 8228 with AMD Opteron™ processors Model 4162 EE running java-based workload @ 100% load-point. Power measurements taken at the wall. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.

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