Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday unveiled a new family of low-power server processors: the AMD Opteron X-series optimized for scale-out server architectures. AMD Opteron X-series, previously known as Kyoto, are based on x86 Jaguar general-purpose cores and feature integrated graphics processors for highly-parallel computing. The new chips will primarily compete against server-grade Intel Atom SoCs.
“The data center is at an inflection point and requires a high number of cores in a dense form factor with integrated graphics, massive amounts of DRAM and unprecedented power efficiency to keep up with the pace of innovation of Internet services. AMD has a proud history of server innovation, and the AMD Opteron X-Series processors challenge the status quo by providing unmatched capabilities to drive the most energy-efficient servers in the industry,” said Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of server business unit at AMD.
The AMD Opteron X-series processors come in two variants: AMD Opteron X2150, which consumes 11W and is the first server system-on-a-chip integrating quad-core CPU and Radeon HD 8000-series GPU (with 128-stream-processors) engines with a high-speed bus on a single die; AMD Opteron X1150, which consumes as little as 9W and is a pure server-class low-power quad-core microprocessor.
The AMD Opteron X-Series processors are now the world’s premier small-core x86 APUs and CPUs, ideal for next-generation scale-out web and cloud applications ranging from big data analytics to image processing, multimedia content delivery, and hosting.
One of the first systems to utilize AMD Opteron “Kyoto” chips will be HP’s Monshot micro-servers. The HP Moonshot system is particularly well suited for “Kyoto” since it is architected for maximum efficiency.
The AMD Opteron X2150 APU and X1150 CPU are generally available now for a cost of $99 and $64, respectively, in 1000 quantities.