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AMD kicks off with Barcelona

AMD has been talking up the performance of its Barcelona quad-core processor, which it claims is on track to ship in volume by the middle of this year.

AMD has been talking up the performance of its Barcelona quad-core processor, which it claims is on track to ship in volume by the middle of this year.

The chip giant demonstrated the performance of the server chip to analysts in San Francisco, US, this week, claiming that it will provide a significant boost over its current Opteron dual-core processors.

AMD is hoping that Barcelona will allow it to gain a significant boost in another area – its competition with rival Intel. The firm has been hit hard by sales of Intel’s own quad-core hip, the Xeon, forcing it to cut Opteron prices. AMD is highlighting the fact that Barcelona’s design features four processor cores on a single piece of silicon: the Xeon design is essentially two dual-core processors in a single package.

AMD has also disclosed further details of its next-generation notebook platform, code-named Puma, which is designed to deliver battery life, graphics and video processing enhancements and improved overall system performance.

“With the unveiling of the “Puma” mobile platform we’re sending a clear signal to the market that we intend to drive continued innovation in notebook computing in 2008 and beyond,” said Gautam Srivastava, vice president, sales and marketing and managing director, AMD Middle East, Africa (MEA) and Pakistan.

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