If you’re a datacenter manager with power consumption on your list of things to reduce, then you’re in luck. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced Monday it will be releasing, low-power(High Efficient) quad-core Opteron processors, targeted at servers.
The processor has a thermal envelope of only 55 watts, other quad-core processors have higher thermal envelopes of 105 watts or 75 watts. It will come in two flavors, a 2300 series are designed for servers with two processors, and a 8300 series designed for servers with four to eight processors.
AMD better keep and eye on Intel: back in March they announced a high efficient quad-core Xeon processors with a thermal envelope of 50 watts.