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AMD Introduces Opteron X “Kyoto” Processors To Challenge Intel Atom

Advanced Micro Devices introduced a new family of x86 processors called the Opteron X-Series which consumes low power and is designed to scale out server architecture. Opteron X, which is codenamed Kyoto, currently has two processors under the line namely the X1150 and the X2150. The company claims that both these chips beat Intel’s Atom processor on various benchmarking tests.

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According to Andrew Feldman, vice president and general manager of AMD’s Server Business Unit, “This is the highest density, most power efficient small-core x86 chip ever built.”

AMD hasn’t had any decent offering in the microserver market that could match up against the Intel Atom until now. The Opteron-X Series is now the company’s answer to the Atom threat and the distant threat from ARM.

AMD X1150 Features

  • Four energy efficient x86 cores that optimizes performance/watt for microservers (Up to 2.0GHz)
  • flexible TDP allowing users to control their own power profile by adjusting CPU and GPU frequencies in BIOS
  • Integrated I/O, Northbridge and Southbridge is directly integrated into processor
  • Dynamically adjusts performance levels based on application requirements

AMD X2150 Features

  • Four energy efficient x86 cores that optimizes performance/watt for microservers (Up to 1.9GHz)
  • flexible TDP allowing users to control their own power profile by adjusting CPU and GPU frequencies in BIOS
  • Integrated I/O, Northbridge and Southbridge is directly integrated into processor
  • Dynamically adjusts performance levels based on application requirements
  • Integrated GPU (Radeon HD 8000-based GPU core)

These new pair of chips from AMD comes in a ball grid array soldered package. They support up to 32 GB of DRAM per socket and have four times the amount addressable (8 GB) compared to the Intel Atom S1260. The DRAM is clocked at DDR3-1600 which is faster compared to Intel’s DDR3-1333. The cache memory is at 2 MB compared to only 1 MB in the S1260. Based on these specs users can expect these new chips to perform better in memory and I/O intensive applications.

While the market for low power processors on microservers isn’t a huge one it is definitely growing. AMD wants to be a leader in this area by outperforming their competition. AMD executives have identified this market as a key growth area and as such wants to concentrate their efforts here. The Opteron-X chips won’t be the company’s only offering here as they have announced that next year ARM based microserver SoCs is coming.

The price for the X2150 is $99 while that of the X1150 is $64

via zdnet