AMD Istambul Chip to Ramp Six-Core Performance

With Intel’s next-gen Xeons gathering like a storm on the horizon, AMD today gave the first working demonstration of its potential counterpunch: a six-core Opteron processor code-named “Istanbul.”

"Istanbul is a fairly straightforward upgrade over current ‘Shanghai’
Opterons: a 45nm processor with 6MB of L3 cache that fits into a Socket
F-style motherboards, only with six cores rather than four. As a
result, the upcoming Istanbul-based Opterons will serve as drop-in
upgrades for existing Socket F systems. The chips will take advantage
of the same 2P, 4P, and 8P infrastructure as today’s Opterons, with
HyperTransport and two channels of DDR2 memory per socket. Full Story

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About Rich
FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

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