Opteron to make way into more IBM servers


— 8:48 AM on July 21, 2006

In an interview with CNet three months ago, IBM server group head Bill Zeitler hinted that IBM was regretting the sparseness of its AMD lineup compared to that of companies like HP and Sun. Indeed, IBM has just two Opteron-based server offerings, and neither of them supports more than two processors. However, IBM is now expected to take action and strike a deal with AMD in order to bring Opteron processors into more of its servers. The deal will be announced on August 1 at a New York event that both AMD's CEO Hector Ruiz and IBM's x86 server group head Susan Whitney will attend, CNet's sources say. August 1 is the same day some rumors suggest AMD will introduce its new Socket F Opterons, although CNet says the launch will happen on August 15. Either way, the new Opterons will bring virtualization, DDR2 memory support, and an upgrade path to quad-core down the road.

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