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AMD ships first 'Bulldozer' processors

This first shipment of Bulldozer architecture x86 processors are designed for server and workstation use

AMD ships first 'Bulldozer' processors
Bulldozer is AMD's next generation x86 architecture and will compete with Intel's Sandy Bridge and forthcoming Ivy Bridge chips

AMD has announced that it has begun revenue shipments of processors based on the long awaited ‘Bulldozer' x86 architecture.

"This is a monumental moment for the industry as this first ‘Bulldozer' core represents the beginning of unprecedented performance scaling for x86 CPUs," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, AMD Products Group. "The flexible new ‘Bulldozer' architecture will give Web and datacenter customers the scalability they need to handle emerging cloud and virtualisation workloads."

The new x86 processors, codenamed ‘Interlagos', offer 16 cores and are compatible with existing AMD Opteron 6100 Series platforms and infrastructure. Production of Interlagos chips began in August and AMD says that many of the initial shipments will end up in large custom supercomputer installations.

AMD also says that Interlagos chips will be available in partner systems in the fourth quarter of this year.

Chips based on the Bulldozer architecture will also be released for the consumer market though AMD has made no official comment on a release date. Consumer Bulldozer processors will be compatible with existing AM3+ platforms and are likely to offer between four and eight cores initially. These chips are currently known by the codename ‘Zambezi'. Bulldozer chips are currently produced using a 32nm fabrication process.

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