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AMD Adds Second Wave Of Dual-Core Opterons; Dell Introduces First Dual-Core Xeon Servers

The x86 dual-core processor market will pick up speed Monday with the introduction of a second wave of Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and the introduction of the first dual-core Xeon systems from Dell.

AMD is unveiling three new models of its dual-core Opteron line, increasing the upper end of its clock speed from previously available 2.4 GHz to 2.6 GHz. AMD is adding the model 880 for up to eight-way servers, the model 280 for dual-processor workstations and servers, and the model 180 for single-processor workstations and servers.

Sun Microsystems earlier this month announced plans to use the 2.4 GHz Opteron processors in its new Galaxy platform of servers. Hewlett-Packard and IBM are also expected to use the new Opterons.

"If you look at the number of platforms being brought to market from HP, IBM, and Sun, it is providing a lot of choice for consumers and IT managers to be able to more fully deploy Opteron in the different form factors they require for their enterprises," says Randy Allen, corporate VP of the server products division at AMD.

The 880 is priced at $2,649 each in quantities of 1,000, and the 280 at $1,299. Both are available now. The 180 is scheduled for availability within 30 days, and is priced at $799.

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