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AMD Releases Specification For Virtualization Support

LONDON — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced general availability of the specification for its approach to 64-bit "virtualization," called Pacifica.

Virtualization is the word used by Intel and AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.), and describes the ability of a microprocessor-based computer to run multiple operating systems and applications in independent partitions, essentially allowing one computer system to function as multiple "virtual" systems.

Pacifica is designed to enhance 64-bit client and server virtualization technologies for x86-based servers, workstations, desktops and mobile computers, AMD said.

Pacifica introduces a "model and features" into the processor and memory controller and is designed to enhance and extend traditional software-only based virtualization approaches, AMD said.

The Pacifica technology is scheduled to be available in AMD's processors in the first half of 2006, the company said.