Barton goes dually

AMD has just annouced the introduction of a new Athlon MP 2800+ chip based on the Barton CPU core, which has 512KB of L2 cache onboard. From the press release:
SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-MAY 6, 2003- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor 2800+, designed for one- and two-way servers and workstations running demanding 32-bit applications for enterprises.

The AMD Athlon MP 2800+ is based on a new core that features more L2 cache than previous AMD Athlon MP processors, and allows additional information to be stored closer to the processor for improved performance. Designed for entry-level servers and workstations, the AMD Athlon MP processor 2800+ complements AMD's multiprocessing lineup. All AMD Athlon MP processors take advantage of AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, which provides an easy upgrade path for IT managers and delivers the compatibility that can help lower a company's total cost of ownership.

This new Althon MP chip doesn't incorporate the 333MHz front-side bus of its Athlon XP counterpart, and its launch comes in the considerable shadow of AMD's new Opteron processors. Even so, the Athlon MP is a very decent server chip, and duallies love large caches, so Barton MP should be quite the little performer.
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