Sun Ships New AMD-Based Server, Workstations

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Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices and Sun Microsystems are hoping to build on their alliance, as Sun moves to ship three new systems based on AMD's Opteron chips.

he companies said Monday that Sun would use Opteron processors in its new, four-way Sun Fire V40z server; its uniprocessor Sun Java workstation W1100z, priced at $8,495; and its two-way Sun Java workstation W2100z. The one-way workstation is priced at $1,995 and is built with a 100 series Opteron with as much as 8 Gbytes of memory. The dual-processor workstation is priced at $4,695 and will use a 200 series Opteron with up to 16 Gbytes of memory.

Sun, Santa Clara, Calif., is billing the workstations as a good solution for "multithreaded technical applications and for running large technical workloads on a desktop," the company said in a statement.

Both companies have been touting their relationship as milestones. Sun's decision to build new, strategic products with AMD's processor was viewed as new territory for the vendor, which had largely steered away from anything but its own, proprietary chips until it inked an alliance with AMD last year. For Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD, it marked significant acceptance of its then-new, 64-bit processor by a tier-one vendor that previously largely eschewed its platform. Both companies have also said they will see long-term gains from joint development of technology.

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