AMD punts multi-core Magny cours

Chip-maker AMD has launched its new 6000 series of server processor with eight- and 12-core server offerings.

The firm said are the chips are pitched at the "high-volume 2P" and "value 4P" server market. The processor technology codenamed Magny Cours is the successor to AMD's ‘Istanbul' six-core silicon and offers up to double the performance of the previous generation AMD claims.

OEMs offering systems based on the processor platform include HP, Dell, Cray and SGI. In Europe, Acer company Gateway announced a range of servers based on the siliscon.

AMD claims better performance per Watt and better prices than its unnamed competitor

Pat Patla, vice president and general manager of AMD's Server and Embedded Division reckons the Opteron 6000 Series platform "signals a new era of server value, significantly disrupts today’s server economics and provides the performance-per-watt, value and consistency customers demand for their real-world data center workloads.”

The chips sit in a platform which will last two generations with newer chips promised down the line that will fit the ame thermal envelope.

Gateway has just outlined its implementation of the 6000 series here in Milan. We'll bring you the deets from the airport, it seems.