AMD server/workstation PR director John Fruehe confirmed in a blog post that 8- and 12-core Magny-Cours processors are right on schedule and that OEM partners have been receiving production parts this month. Fruehe doesn't share any specifics but says a launch will follow before the end of the quarter.
That distant hum that you hear is the sound of the factory churning out AMD’s most advanced x86 processor ever. Yes, production of the new 8- and 12-core AMD Opteron™ 6100 Series processors (codenamed “Magny-Cours”) is underway.
They started their journey weeks ago, in the German state of Saxony, where the GLOBALFOUNDRIES fab began the process of building these marvels of modern silicon technology. Precision German engineering (I am biased after all) is in the heart of making one of the greatest innovations in processor technology.
The wafers begin life as non-descript silicon, but over the weeks of the process, the 8 and 12-core “Magny-Cours” begin to take shape. After the wafers are finished, they head on to Penang, Malaysia for packaging before the final stop in Singapore. There, the test, marking and sort happens, with processors ending up in those trays that you’ve seen so often.
Production began last month and our OEM partners have been receiving production parts this month. We have had a few select end customer opportunities that have been fulfilled, but it is nothing we can talk about publicly.
Additionally, some (unofficial) specifications were posted at TC Mag today:
AMD has yet to officially reveal the Opteron 6100 pricing scheme but six processors are already listed and look something like this: