AMD buys 700 HP blades for its design team
One of AMD's biggest customers has received a rather substantial order from AMD itself. According to eWeek, AMD has ordered 700 ProLiant BL465c blade servers from HP. The blades are quite naturally powered by AMD's latest Socket F Opteron processors, and they pack as many as two 2.6GHz Opterons, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to two Serial ATA hard drives. HP's cheapest BL465c blade, which has a 1.8GHz Opteron and 1GB of RAM, costs $2,079. This price tag suggests AMD might have paid at least $1.45 million for the servers—barring any juicy discounts, anyway.
eWeek says AMD will use the HP blades "to help its silicon design team develop and design the architecture of its chips, the circuitry of the chips and a number of verification jobs in these projects." This is supposedly the first time AMD has deployed blade servers in its engineering design unit.