AMD has started shipping processors based on its new x86 “Bulldozer” architecture, with OEMs already getting their hands on CPUs based on the technology.
The architecture has long been anticipated as a rival to Intel's Sandy Bridge desktop and laptop processors. But AMD's initial production run is aimed at servers and workstations. Codenamed “Interlagos”, the 16-core models are enterprise-level chips designed for scalability.
“This first Bulldozer core represents the beginning of unprecedented performance scaling for x86 CPUs,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Products Group.
"The Bulldozer architecture will give web and datacentre customers the scalability they need to handle emerging cloud and virtualisation workloads.”
The company said its Interlagos chip – officially branded the Opteron 6200 – would be compatible with Socket G34 Opteron 6100 motherboards and associated infrastructure and would be widely available by the end of this month.
AMD has confirmed that its lower-end eight-core desktop products – codenamed Zambezi – will be shipped in Q4.