NEW AMD ATHLON MP PROCESSORS EXTEND AMD'S POSITION IN MULTIPROCESSING SERVER, WORKSTATION MARKETS.
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :AMD) has introduced its newest processors for multiprocessing servers and workstations, the high-performance AMD Athlon MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+. The new AMD Athlon MP processors, which feature patented QuantiSpeed architecture and AMD's Smart MP technology, deliver breakthrough application performance versus competitive processors on single and dual-processor platforms.
The model numbers are strategically aligned with AMD's recently announced True Performance Initiative, or TPI (Tracks Per Inch) The measurement of the density of the storage channels on a disk or tape. Track density on magnetic disks has reached 125,000 tpi (125 Ktpi). See bpi, areal density and magnetic disk. , which seeks to assist customers in understanding the benefits of processor performance. TPI also will help define a new, more accurate measure of processor performance for standard applications.
"The AMD Athlon MP processor's superior architecture delivers outstanding overall performance for one- and two-ay servers and workstations," said Ed Ellett, AMD vice president of AMD's Computation Products Group. "With today's announcement, AMD's new initiative to provide a reliable performance metric extends to the new AMD Athlon MP processors, continuing our commitment to commercial customers."
Benchmarks for single and dual processor-based platforms powered by AMD Athlon MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+ show distinct performance advantages over similarly-configured single and dual processor-based platforms powered by competitive processors operating at certain higher frequencies. For example, a workstation based on a dual 1.53GHz AMD Athlon MP processor 1800+ outperforms a similarly-configured workstation based on a dual 1.7GHz Intel Xeon processor by up to 23 percent on various application benchmarks, such as High-end Microstation, SoftImage XSI and Alias Wavefront/Maya.
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It was originally created as a result of the observation that the team that had been put together for The Dark Crystal was extremely hard to recreate for Labyrinth, since . "We require the most advanced technology, and that's what we get with a system powered by the AMD Athlon MP processor 1800+ -- performance, efficiency and reliability."
AMD is working to ensure that the AMD Athlon MP processor, based on AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, is fully compatible with industry-leading hardware and software, and that it integrates seamlessly into existing infrastructures.
The AMD Athlon MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+ are priced at $302, $210 and $180, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.
A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC (1) (Error-Correcting Code) A type of memory that corrects errors on the fly. See ECC memory.
(2) (Elliptic Curve Cryptography) A public key cryptography method that provides fast decryption and digital signature processing. ) support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI MOESI Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid ) cache coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.
The new AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed architecture, which includes a high performance full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer (storage, architecture) Translation Look-aside Buffer - (TLB) A table used in a virtual memory system, that lists the physical address page number associated with each virtual address page number. A TLB is used in conjunction with a cache whose tags are based on virtual addresses. (TLB TLB - Translation Look-aside Buffer ). The processor also incorporates 3DNow! Professional technology, which has 52 new instructions that extend AMD's 3DNow! technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.
The AMD-760 MP chipset, the world's first AMD Athlon multiprocessor chipset to support DDR (Double Data Rate) Refers to an SDRAM memory chip that increases performance by doubling the effective data rate of the frontside bus. For more details, see SDRAM.
DDR - Double Data Rate Random Access Memory memory technology, is AMD's high performance two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon MP processor. It consists of two chips -- the AMD-762 system controller (northbridge), and the AMD-766 peripheral bus controller (southbridge). The AMD-760 MP chipset unleashes the power of DDR memory technology, which combines with other sophisticated core logic in data, memory and I/O (Input/Output) The transfer of data between the CPU and a peripheral device. Every transfer is an output from one device and an input to another. See PC input/output.
I/O - Input/Output control as well as system and power management to provide a powerful solution for server and workstation platforms. The AMD-760 MP chipset supports up to two AMD Athlon MP processors with independent 266MHz front side buses, as well as PC2100 DDR memory and AGP 4x graphics.