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AMD’s-Made-in-India-Chip
Saheer Karimbayil
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
As the chip maker AMD launched its first 45nm quad-core Opteron processor, codenamed ‘Shanghai’, India had something to brag about: the company’s Bangalore and Hyderabad centers had a significant role in building the new processor. The centers worked in collaboration with their U.S. counterpart in delivering the key sections of the chip.

The latest AMD processor is expected to bring competition in the quad-core processor market, as it will take on Intel’s quad-core 45nm server processor, Xeon. The ‘Shanghai’ is able to deliver upto 35 percent more performance, while reducing power consumption by upto 35 percent. The chip can help drive data center efficiencies and reduce complexities with innovations that offer superior virtualization performance and increased performance-per-watt.
“Flawless execution in bringing the 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor to market so early results in new performance leadership on x86 servers. This enhanced AMD Opteron processor represents a remarkable performance-per-watt increase in the company’s products ever since the introduction of the world’s first x86 dual-core processors by AMD nearly four years ago,” says Dasaradha Gude, Managing Director, AMD India.

AMD’s Bangalore center currently employs about 200 engineers.

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