AMD releases Athlon MP 2200+
AMD announced its Athlon MP 2200+ today, and there's more to this new multiprocessor chip than simply another speed bump: the Athlon MP 2200+ signals AMD's move to a 0.13-micron Thoroughbred core for its SMP-certified processors. C|Net has the goods:
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based manufacturer is releasing the Athlon 2200+ MP for multiprocessor servers and workstations, as well as a new version of the Athlon 2000+ MP built on the advanced 130-nanometer manufacturing process. The earlier version of the chip was made on the 180-nanometer process.
Don't get too excited, though. The new Athlon MPs are built on the 'old' Thoroughbred core, not the one used in the Athlon XP 2400+ and 2600+. Still, SMP enthusiasts and server admins can look forward potentially lower power consumption and heat output, both of which should make the Athlon MP a more attractive offering for rack mounted servers.