New Athlon MP server chip released ahead of Opteron

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) released a new processor in its line of server chips Tuesday, adding the Athlon MP 2600+ to its product lineup, the company said.

AMD offered few details about the new processor, which appears to offer a slight increase in the server processor’s clock speed with no new architectural features. AMD’s previous top-of-the-line server processor, the Athlon MP 2400+, was just released a little less than two months ago. [Please see AMD launches new Athlon MP server chip.]

AMD is embarking on a quest to gain market share among corporations that mostly use rival Intel Corp.’s processors or proprietary RISC (reduced instruction set computing) processors from companies such as Sun Microsystems Inc. or IBM Corp. The forthcoming 64-bit Opteron chip based on its new Hammer architecture is expected to help the Sunnyvale, Calif., company break into the market for one-way and two-way servers running either Linux or Microsoft Corp.’s Windows. [Please see UPDATE: AMD to launch Opteron in April, Athlon64 delayed.]

The processor will be priced at US$273 in quantities of 1,000 units.