November 17, 2003

AMD's Opteron to Power Sun Fire Servers

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Monday will be getting a crucial endorsement as it tries to push its 64-bit Opteron server processor into the
enterprise space.

At the Comdex show in Las Vegas, Sun Microsystems Inc. is announcing that early next year it will be rolling out a line of low-end Sun Fire servers
powered by Opterons. The announcement will come during Sun Chairman and CEO Scott McNealy's keynote address Monday.

The alliance between the two companies will fuel Sun's aggressive push into the low-end x86 server market while giving AMD the much-needed support of
a major OEM. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., gave its support of Opteron when the chip was released in April and has since rolled out the eServer 325, an
Opteron-based system aimed at the high performance computing space.


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