Today at Oracle OpenWorld, AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz delivered the opening day keynote address, discussing how the IT industry has entered a new era of choice, and the impacts that will result from this industry phenomenon.“This era of greater, real choice will benefit one audience in particular: customers,” said Ruiz. “With greater choice comes greater competition. With greater competition comes greater innovation. As IT choices multiply throughout the next decade, customers will see an acceleration of innovation unlike any they have experienced. The future of innovation will rest far more on the choices customers – not their vendors – make.”Ruiz then welcomed several guests to the stage, one of them being Michael Dell. Ruiz began to roll a video to announce a new AMD partnership, but Dell switched off the video and told all attendees that they would have the news at Dell's speech in the afternoon.
As predicted, Dell unveiled the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435, both powered by AMD Opteron processors.
The Dell PowerEdge 6950 features quad Opterons running from 2.0 GHz to 2.8 GHz and the PowerEdge SC1435 features dual Opterons ranging from 1.8 GHz to 2.8 GHz. Both PowerEdge servers' 2.8 GHz variants are "SE" Opterons, which were proeviously only available in servers from Sun Microsystems.
“The PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 continue Dell’s unwavering commitment to meet customer needs and lead the industry in price-performance and performance per watt,” said Brad Anderson, senior vice president, Dell Product Group.
The PowerEdge 6950 sits above the Intel-powered 6850 and provides superior performance with a 20 percent less power consumption, according to Dell's news release. Also stated is that the PowerEdge SC1435 replaces the Intel-based SC1425, but both were listed on the Dell website at time of writing.
Available now worldwide, the PowerEdge 6950 and PowerEdge SC1435 with dual-core, next-generation AMD Opteron processors are priced from $6,499 and $1,299, respectively.
This is the latest design win for AMD in the recent string of agreements with Dell. Earlier in the month, Alienware and Dell introduced AMD LIVE! systems, and in September Dell brought AMD chips to its Dimension desktops.
quote: I know Dell beat AMD down on their prices so their margins have to be razor thin selling to Dell
quote: However, you'd be crazy to think that Dell, (DELL!!), giant that it is with all its buying power, didn't take AMD to the line on prices, especially given the prices they can probably source Xeons at (er.. why do you think Intel sole supplier for so long?)
quote: Confess that the AMD shares look tempting again at $20, but with Intel on the rise in the near-term technologically and intense pricing competition too, it's a tough call...
quote: On your point about the 40% reduction in cost by going to 300mm and the 65nm shrink. It is not always the case that those savings come right away. From personal experiance I know that in the rush to get the new technology correct cost savings is usally the first thing to be ignored
quote: I tend to accept a more objective viewpoint than your wild assertion that it was because of Dell not using AMD
quote: However, if they don't start cranking out 65nm soon, they are toast
quote: Check your news inbox. I think price drops continued since you made your claim
quote: Probably because they have written off their old inventory. When you do that, cost is zero
quote: Price is king and Netburst is selling at rock bottom prices to help stem the share loss
quote: No more leap ahead as far as I can see. I optimize compilers for both companies and trust me, I see far
quote: I don't know but starting production in Q2/Q3 and then shipping 6months later seems not right
quote: For starters, low-K Dialectric. This is a 10,000x decline in leakage power improvement alone and tri-state (3D stacked) transistors being at least a 2X shrink in transistor size
quote: I sure hope AMD can supply all that Dell wants
quote: lead the industry in price-performance and performance per watt
quote: Has dell not heard of the core2duo?