AMD has announced the availability of its new Bulldozer-based Opteron 6200 and 4200 series processors, formerly codenamed Interlagos and Valencia respectively. The new chips are the first 16-core x86 server processors, delivering a rich mix of performance, scalability and efficiency for handling multi-threaded workloads such as cloud computing, virtualisation and high-performance computing, according to AMD.
Shipments of the new Opteron family of processors to hardware vendors began in September. According to the firm, the new Opterons are capable of giving enterprises better performance and can handle increasing workloads. Their power consumption is similar to that of previous generation of server chips from AMD.
John Fruehe, marketing director for servers and workstations at AMD, said: "Customers are looking at the cloud as an opportunity to change the way they do business, to drive more value and move quicker, and cloud is a key part of what we are doing with this launch."