C|Net: AMD swings Hammer at server makers
Friday June 28 2002 @ 12:18PM EDT

AMD increased its share of the PC processor market in part by lowering the costs for computer makers, and in 2003 it will try the same thing with servers.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip manufacturer is touting the benefits of its Hammer chips for servers, which will be marketed under the names Opteron and Athlon. One of the expected advantages comes down to a comparatively low cost of designing, and subsequently managing, servers built around the chip.

Unlike servers based on Intel processors, which require different chipsets for systems with one, two, four or eight processors, Athlon and Opteron servers would use chipsets that would be roughly identical regardless of the number of processors--dramatically cutting the amount of backroom engineering and design work.

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