Advanced Micro Devices will announce Wednesday that its first six-core processor in on track to launch later this year.
AMD’s “Istanbul” processor will be targeted at server computers. With the release, AMD will be playing catch up to Intel, which began offering its six-core “Dunnington” processor for servers last fall. Intel’s first Nehalem-architecture server processor is also due soon, which, on a per-core basis, is expected to offer better performance than Dunnington.
“The silicon is healthy and we’re targeting a launch in 2H09,” AMD spokesperson Jake Whitman said Tuesday.
“The new 6-core version of the AMD Opteron processor is…everything we had hoped for–and more,” John Fruehe, director of business development for server/workstation products at AMD, wrote in a blog.
The “socket 1207″ platform and six-core Direct Connect architecture will allow servers with 12, 24 or 48 cores per server in the future, Fruehe said.