AMD To Roll Out 64 Bit Processor With Microsofts Backing

New Delhi: | Updated: Apr 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
Microprocessor maker AMD is all set to enter the 64 bit processor market with the launch of its AMD Opteron for servers and AMD Athlon for desktop computers. AMD has tied up with Microsoft to develop the operating system.

The move will result in an upgradation and enhancement of AMDs sales operations in India as the company will now focus on widening its reach with more channel partners and strengthen its ties with Indian original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to roll out 64-bit based machines.

The company plans worldwide launch of 64 bit Athlon by the end of this year while Opteron would be shipped sometime early next year. The processors would also be made available in India simultaneously, AMD India marketing manager Rahul Singh told eFE.

Mr Singh indicated that AMD has build the basic blocks in the market in the last one year of operations and now plans to concentrate on increasing the availability of its processors besides working more closely with partners.

The launch of these two processors will mark AMDs entry into 64 bit computing segment that is currently dominated by Sun Microsystems. Intel has also entered the market last year with its 64 bit Itanium processor and is now planning to launch Mckinley as a next processor in the family.

Mr Singh claimed that the AMD Opteron processor is based on AMDs 8th-generation processor core and will be industrys first x86-64 technology based processor.

The AMD Opteron processor is designed to provide investment protection, running existing 32-bitapplications with unsurpassed performance, and offering customers a seamless transition to 64-bit technology, he added.

The AMD Opteron processor will also incorporate the breakthrough HyperTransport technology, which helps to eliminate or reduce system bottlenecks, enable better efficiency, and increase throughput to improve overall system performance.

With three HyperTransport interconnects, the AMD Opteron processor will be able to provide up to 19.2 gigabyte/second aggregate bandwidth for server systems, which is up to six times the throughput of the majority of todays server processors, claimed Mr Singh adding that AMD Opteron would compete against the Intel Xeon and Itanium processors.

According to Mr Singh, unlike the proprietary and fractured solutions that currently dominate the 64-bit computing market, AMDs 64-bit solution is based on the industry-standard x86 instruction set, on which the vast majority of the worlds PCs runs.