John Fruehe, AMD's Director of Business Development for Server/Workstation products, unveiled in a blog post that the six-core Istanbul server processor is on track for a launch in the second half of this year.
Well Istanbul can fetch, sit up, shake your hand, and apparently, play the piano. Quite a feat. The new 6-core version of the AMD Opteron™ processor is scheduled to be available in the second half of this year, and it is everything we had hoped for – and more.
As a city, Istanbul is the only city that sits on two continents, Asia and Europe. As a processor, Istanbul also bridges two worlds, the socket 1207 that has been such a strong platform in the past, and a 6-core Direct Connect architecture, with 12, 24 or 48 cores per server for the future.
Despite putting more cores in the processor, we managed to keep it in the same power and thermal ranges as our existing "Shanghai" processors. And since it fits into the same socket, our OEM customers should be able to bring products to the market quickly. End users will be able to quickly qualify and deploy these servers because the overall platform is the same as what they are using. In today's challenging economic times, that's music to the ears of IT departments both near, and as far away as Turkey.
So what did we show? We showed a platform being easily upgraded from Shanghai to Istanbul, some amazing memory throughput courtesy of the new HT Assist feature, and a 4-socket server with all 24 cores being stressed by one of our development programs.