AMD introduced its next-generation Opteron processor family this week, a x86 server processor with planned upgradeability to native quad-core.
The chip firm plans to deliver native quad-core Opterons that incorporate four processor cores on a single die of silicon by mid-2007.
"AMD expects to double the number of Opteron-based systems offered from global and regional tier-one OEMs," said Randy Allen, corporate vice president of the Server and Workstation Division at AMD.
Sun Microsystems has already announced its continued support of Opteron processors in its Sun Fire and Sun Ultra x64 servers and workstations, including the Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, Sun Fire X2200 M2 server and the Sun Ultra 20 M2 Workstation.
HP will add the next-generation Opteron processors to the HP ProLiant DL385 and DL585 rack-optimised servers and the HP ProLiant BL25p, BL45p, BL465c and BL685c server blades as well as future workstations.
IBM is supporting the processors in its five new System x and BladeCenter servers.
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