Thursday, May 30, 2013

AMD wants to add Jaguar in servers!

AMD seems to stake everything on their new Jaguar architecture. They have been planted already in the heart of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One after the other; it will be soon land in our laptops, and tablet PCs via hybrid SoC Kabini and Temash. Today, the company announced a further step ahead, as it is now the servers that are specified with the X1150 and X2150 Opteron. Jaguar continues to make its little way and landed in the servers via the Kyoto generation chips, known as references Opteron X1150 and X2150. Yes, when AMD wants, it is able to make simple and effective name, far from what is imposed on us in the consumer market. Thus, the main difference between these two chips is the presence or absence of a graphical part (X2150 only) and the minimum TDP is 9 watts or 11 watts. Maximum, this value will increase to 17 or 22 watts. This discrepancy is explained by the possibility left to the user to set the frequency in the BIOS to adjust its need heating term that is Flexible TDP.

It is of course the architecture GCN (Graphics Core Next) Radeon HD 7000 is going to be used through 128 processing units, but under the name HD 8000. The functionality of video compression and decompression hardware be also present. If Intel starts pushing his QSV solution and the Media SDK on servers, the Texan also seems to be the big competitor of the pie. Each model will have four cores at its CPU, with a maximum frequency of 1.9 GHz (X2150) or 2 GHz (X1150). At the GPU side it will vary this value from 266 MHz to 600 MHz depending on the case. For the rest, everything is the same: a maximum of 32GB of DDR3 is supported and eight PCIe 2.0 lanes, eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and two GB / s Serial ATA ports 6 are found. Everything is in a BGA type packaging 24.5 x 24.5 mm.

AMD still has some clear advantages to play, as this segment of the general public. But in both cases, the quality of image could actually help to convince the customer. We'll see what it is in practice, the inertia in terms of changing attitudes is even more important in the world of servers.

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