AMD launches indigenous server platform

AMD has launched its first server platform with an indigenous chipset and six-core Opteron processor. The platform – code-named Fiorano – supports Hyper Transport 3.0 technology, PCI Express 2.0, IO-virtualization and IOMMU.

“AMD is taking a step forward in its strategy to provide [users] with server platforms – processor, chipset, and GPU – that specifically address the needs of today’s data center workloads,” the company explained in a statement. “This new server platform, along with the AMD platform specification code-named ‘Kroner,’ enables advanced performance, the benefits of unified processor and chipset technology, and furthers [our] commitment to energy efficiency.”

According to AMD spokesperson Patrick Patla, Fiorano was designed to deliver those aspects of a server platform that directly impact IT managers.

“[This includes] improved performance on key workloads and virtualization, [as well as] low overall power consumption,” said Patla. “[The] new platform and ‘Kroner’ specification allow OEMs to deliver unique solutions to solve a particular datacenter problem. And they can recognize development and time to market value because of the consistency and commonality across our product generations.”

Patla also noted that Fiorano helps improve design efficiency and technology integration, while enabling enhanced platform features amongst CPUs, chipsets and GPUs.

He added that multiple plaforms in a wide range of configurations – including blade, rack and tower – will soon be available from Tyan, Supermicro, Microway and ZT Systems.

“[Other] OEMs are expected to incorporate the new AMD server chipset into their systems based on the upcoming Opteron processor variant codenamed ‘Magny-Cours’ in the first quarter of 2010.”