TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex 2002 trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. demonstrated a four-way server, based on its upcoming 64-bit microprocessor line.
Conducted at Taiwan's largest PC trade show, AMD's demonstration marks the first showing of a four-way computer platform, based on the company's new 64-bit chip, dubbed Opteron. The platform consists of four Opteron processors, running a 32-bit Web server on top of a 64-bit SuSE Linux operating system.
Systems based on AMD's four- and eight-way multiprocessing platform are geared for the enterprise markets, said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for the Computational Products Group at Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD.
AMD has previously shown single and dual-processor configurations of the chip running both 32-bit and 64-bit
operating systems, including a developmental version of 64-bit Microsoft Corp.'s Windows.
Microsoft is collaborating with AMD to incorporate 64-bit support for its code-named Hammer processor as well as Opteron. The Hammer chip is geared for desktops, while Opteron is targeted for higher-end servers.
Shipments of the AMD Opteron processor are planned to begin in the first half of 2003.