AMD Already Shipping Barcelona, Ahead Of Sept. 10 Launch
The big press event touting the official release of its first quad-core processor won't take place until next Monday. But that doesn't mean AMD's long-waited Barcelona server chips are locked up in the company's Dresden fabs.
"I can tell you that Barcelona is shipping for revenue today," AMD spokesman Phil Hughes confirmed in an e-mail Wednesday.
What this means is that the processor is already in the hands of the Tier 1 computer vendors who will begin shipping Barcelona-based quad-core servers real soon. That list includes all four of the big boys: Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell, all of whom currently offer Opteron servers. (Barcelona is a code name; the chips will be the quad-core members of the Opteron family.)
In point of fact, it's not surprising nor is it big news that Barcelona is "shipping" in advance of its formal launch next Monday. Of course it's got to be "shipping" if AMD's partners are to begin selling Barcelona servers at launch. In any case, formal launches these days are pretty much a non-event.
The real news is the beginning of a really healthy, quad-core processor war between AMD and Intel.
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