Dual-core Opterons coming next year
eWeek has a great interview with AMD CEO Hector Ruiz that covers everything from the company's relationship with Dell to Opteron's recent success. The interview also contains this juicy nugget on dual-core Opterons:
One of the most powerful things next year is going to be our dual-core product. To me, that's going to really shock the hell out of everyone, because it's going to be hardware-compatible, infrastructure-compatible, pin-compatible. I mean, people that have a 2-P system can slap in a dual-core product and end up with a 4-P system for the price of a 2-P. That's been the biggest drawback, everyone tells me. What keeps them from going from a 2-P to a 4-P system? It's price.
The interview also reveals that we'll see Opteron processors in blade servers by the end of the year. However, Ruiz doesn't say whether blades will use AMD's current low-power Opteron HE and EE processors or upcoming chips built using 0.09-micron fabrication technology.