AMD Unveils 16-core Opteron Interlagos and 8-core Opteron Valencia Processors

Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices has finally unveiled the range of Opteron server chips which come with up to 16 cores.

According to the company, the Opteron 6200 and 4200 chips, codenamed Interlagos and Valencia respectively, are targeted at large enterprises with cloud based virtualised environments. AMD said that the 6200 Opteron Interlagos was 25 percent to 30 percent faster than its predecessor, the Opteron 6100.

The server chips, which were shipped to manufacturers in September, are now available on servers from companies like Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Cray and Acer.

The company said that the offerings were based on its Bulldozer chip architecture, which was designed to improve the bandwidth and performance while saving power. The offerings are the first x86 based chips that come with 16 cores.

"Customers are looking at the cloud as an opportunity to change the way they do business, to drive more value and move quicker, and cloud is a key part of what we are doing with this launch," said John Fruehe, AMD marketing director for servers and workstations reports V3.

"What most customers do is configure to a budget, and when you do that you get much more from AMD," he added.