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Advanced Micro Devices continues to get ready for initiation of mass shipments of its next-generation Opteron processors. On Wednesday the company kicked off AMD Ready Solutions program that is designed to ensure that its mainboard partners supply its distributors with enough G34 mainboards that have BIOS versions which support the forthcoming Opteron chips powered by Bulldozer micro-architecture.

“With AMD Ready Solutions for servers, our customers can find complete and verified server platforms in the channel the day of launch. The combination of the existing socket infrastructure already in place with AMD Ready Solutions will enable faster and easier upgrade paths to new levels of server performance and scalability,” said Paul Struhsaker, corporate vice president and general manager of commercial business unit at AMD.

AMD Opteron processors code-named Interlagos and Valencia are drop-in compatible with existing C32 and G34 socket mainboards designed for previous-generations of chips. However, the new Opteron 4200- and 6200-series central processing units (CPUs) require new versions of BIOS to be flashed onto motherboards.

Under the AMD Ready Solutions program, Asustek Computer, Supermicro and Tyan will update their mainboards to support the latest processors and ship them in quantities to distributors, including ASI, Avnet, Ingram Micro, Supercom and Synnex. The program is started  ensure that 2-way and 4-way G34 mainboards (and eventually 1-way and 2-way C32 platforms)  with support for the forthcoming Opteron chips are on the market once AMD starts to ship its next-gen Opteron chips in quantities.

Asus KGPE-D16 socket G34 mainboard

At present Advanced Micro Devices supplies its AMD Opteron 6200-series "Interlagos" microprocessors to Cray, a leading maker of high-performance computers, which upgrades supercomputers at various sites across the globe with sixteen-core AMD chips. It is unknown when AMD intends to start shipments of its 4200- and 6200-series CPUs to other server makers and into the channel.

Tags: AMD, Opteron, Bulldozer, Interlagos, Valencia, ASUS, Supermicro, Tyan


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that motherboard looks cool with two processors, 16 DIMMs, 14 SATA ports, three network ports, but only has 2 USBs and 2 X16 PCIe slots (i know it's for servers)
0 0 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 11/10/11 04:42:00 AM]

Back in 2009 i said even if AMD would has managed to launch BD Opterons by the end of 2011 it will have zero effect on AMD sales and position. That's exactly what we see today. AMD is preparing to make mostly paper-launch of BD Opterons and none of big OEMs is in hurry to jump on its bandwagon.
0 2 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 11/10/11 08:23:07 PM]
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Not true. Cray got the first 10,000 and has standing orders for more, for use in their super computers. Since the new Opterons are socket compatible, this is an easy upgrade for the installed customer base with only a BIOS upgrade. In fact AMD's APUs are now starting to be used in server apps. too, so things are looking much better for AMD these days.

1 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 11/11/11 10:18:07 AM]

Merry Christmas for the geeks!

Finally, AMD begins shipping the Opteron Bulldozer 16 core in Q4' 2011!

My ASUS KGPE-D16 currently has AMD Opteron 6128 chips in it and it will benefit greatly from this upgrade.
0 0 [Posted by: rgathright  | Date: 11/11/11 08:11:11 AM]


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