Future Sun, IBM chips to go in Opteron boards?
AMD's "open socket" Torrenza initiative may yield more than Socket F-bound co-processors, according to sources quoted by The Register. The sources say IBM won't be making motherboards for its upcoming Power7 processors, and that it will instead rely on modified Opteron boards to host the chips. Big Blue and AMD have reportedly inked a deal surrounding those plans already, and Sun might be hot on IBM's heels with similar aspirations for its own UltraSPARC and UltraSPARC T1 processors. Former AMD CTO Fred Weber told The Reg that he wouldn't be surprised if all major RISC vendors were to migrate to AMD boards, adding that Opteron systems could support up to 32 processors and 128 cores by 2007 or 2008. The first Power7 chips are expected to roll out of Big Blue's fabs in 2009, according to sources.