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AMD names next generation processor 'Opteron'.

AMD has announced the name of its upcoming 64-bit processor for servers and workstations. It will be known as AMD Opteron and is due for launch before the end of the year.

AMD has announced the name of its upcoming 64-bit processor for servers and workstations. It will be known as AMD Opteron and is due for launch before the end of the year.Its code name was SledgeHammer and it has been anticipated by the industry for some while. Based on x86-64 technology and will offer compatability between 32-bit and 64-bit applications, so there is no porting over required.The processor will also incorporate AMD’s HyperTransport technology. It is designed reduce the number of buses while providing a high-performance link for PCs, workstations, and servers, as well as numerous embedded applications and highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It also gives increased internal bandwidth to levels of over nineteen Gigabits per second."The origin of the AMD Opteron brand name means, simply, the best. In choosing this name, AMD is conveying that the processor will give users the option to run either 32-bit or 64-bit applications, with optimal performance on both," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD’s Computation Products Group.

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