AMD Releases Entry-Level Server Chips From $99

Chip maker AMD has developed a number of new processors for cloud computing, servers and infrastructure systems.

The Opteron 4100 range, previously code-named 'San Marino', is designed to provide similar performance to AMD's existing server chips, but with much lower power consumption.

The range consists of four- and six-core models, and uses a new type of processor socket called C32, which will also be compatible with AMD's forthcoming Fusion range of chips.

The new chips range in clock speed from 1.7GHz to 2.8GHz. The most energy-efficient models, the Opteron 4162 EE and 4164 EE, draw just 32 Watts of power - the lowest power consumption of any chip on the market.

At the other end of the power consumption spectrum, the entry-level Opteron 4122 chip has a clock speed of 2.2GHz, and consumes a still-respectable 75 Watts of power. It will sell for $99 in quantities of 1,000 or more.

Analysts believe that AMD's new line of chips will help the company to take on its arch-rival Intel in the cloud server chips market.