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AMD's latest server chip 'Shanghai' to launch next week

Melissa Chua | Nov. 13, 2008
Company exec hints market should see Shanghai-based server products soon

Shanghai, like Barcelona, utilises DDR2 memory, which Arnold says is a bid to help customers keep costs down. DDR3 memory currently costs more than double the price of DDR2 memory.


AMD is also looking to develop a server chipset a second time. The company built its first server chipset five years ago, but has had its subsequent chipsets manufactured by Nvidia and Broadcom. AMD's manufacturing agreement with Nvidia and Broadcom expires end-2009.

A new server chipset, dubbed Fiorano, is scheduled to ship in the middle of next year. Fiorano will be socket compatible with Barcelona, and also work with Shanghai and Istanbul, the codename for a hex-core processor scheduled for release late next year.

AMD's roadmap for 2010 includes an eight-core processor, codenamed Sao Paulo, and a 12-core processor, dubbed Magny-Cours.


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