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AMD planning quad-attack!

In the four-socket server space, AMD’s lead has stayed “rock solid”, according to Allen, while the single-socket business grew steadily throughout 2007. The only downturn has been in the two-socket space, which he attributed to competition from Intel’s newly introduced quad-core chips towards the end of 2007.

When it comes to explaining these figures, Allen indicated an increasing emphasis on performance per Watt among customers, plus demand for features to better support virtualisation ­ areas where AMD claims it still has a lead over the competition.

“Our advantages for energy efficiency and handling virtual workloads sustained us,” he said, but added that platform stability also played a part. For examhttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifple, the quad-core parts have been designed as a drop-in replacement for AMD’s older dual-core Opteron chips, enabling customers to upgrade existing servers for greater performance if they wish, without having to worry about higher power consumption or needing extra cooling.

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