AMD to phase out single-core Opterons
AMD's upcoming Revision F Opteron chips, which it plans to launch in the third quarter, will reportedly mark the end of the company's single-core Opterons. AMD will be standardizing dual-core across the new line, which will use the upcoming 1207-pin socket and eventually move to quad-core chip designs. As with Socket AM2 on the desktop, AMD will bring Pacifica virtualization, Presidio security features, and DDR2 support to the new Opterons. AMD also plans to die-shrink the chips to 65nm towards the end of the year, although motherboard compatibility isn't expected to change.