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AMD Set To Launch Dual-Core Opterons

AMD is widely expected to formally launch the first dual-core versions of its popular 64-bit Opteron server processor on April 21. That's the date AMD chairman, Hector Ruiz, is hosting a reception in New York City to celebrate the second anniversary of Opteron's launch.

More immediately, TechWeb has learned, AMD is expected to brief its key customers on Monday, April 10, at an executive forum it's holding in San Diego for its largest dealers.

While AMD Friday declined to comment on a pending launch announcement, the company confirmed that the processors are already wending their way to market. "We started shipping production samples to our partners in January," said AMD spokeswoman Jane Kovacs in an interview.

Three families of dual-core Opterons are in the works, according to AMD's latest processor roadmap, released on March 10. The first, which will be designated the 100-series, is code-named "Denmark." The 200-series family is code-named "Italy"; the 800-series is called "Egypt."

"The 100 goes for one-way workstations. The 200 is for two-way systems [workstations and servers]. The 800 is for four-way and eight-way," Kovacs said.

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