Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced new 12-core and 16-core processors to its Opteron 6300 Series of server chips.
The new parts, formerly codenamed Warsaw, incorporate AMD's latest enterprise-class, x86-based central processor cores known as "Piledriver." The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are software- and socket-compatible with systems and boards supporting existing Opteron 6300 Series chips.
"With the continued move to virtualised environments for more efficient server utilisation, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth," Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's Server Business Unit, said in a statement.
"The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimised to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualised private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points."
The 12-core AMD Opteron 6338P is priced at $377 (£227). It sits in the 99-watt power band and has a 2.3GHz base CPU clock which can be revved up to 2.8GHz with AMD's Turbo CORE technology. It also has quad-channel memory support.
The 16-core Opteron 6370P carries a $598 (£361) price tag. It has a 2GHz clock that can be throttled up to 2.5GHz, and is also rated at 99W. Like the Opteron 6338P, the Opteron 6370P has quad-channel DDR3-1600 memory support, as well as ULV and LRDIMM support.
Both new processors are available through Penguin, Avnet, and other system integrators, as well as in servers from Sugon and Supermicro, AMD said. The chip maker is touting the "power efficiency and cost effectiveness" of its new server processors as "ideal for the AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute Platform — the industry's most cost-effective Open Compute platform."
Earlier this week, AMD announced that it will begin sampling 64-bit ARM System-on-a-Chip (SoC) server products to customers this quarter and is "on track to launch one of the industry's first 64-bit ARM server SoCs in 2014."
The chip maker is targeting the dense server market with its upcoming 64-bit ARM chips, which are slated to become the first non-x86 parts in AMD's Opteron line of products.
AMD, the second-biggest maker of x86-based microprocessors behind Intel, partnered with ARM in October 2012 to develop a new line of Opteron server chips using the 64-bit version of the ARM instruction set.
The company currently makes microservers for dense server deployments, but they use Intel's low-power, 64-bit Atom processors.