Sun Taps New Shanghai Opterons

Arthur Cole

Sun Microsystems has updated a range of rack-mounted and blade servers with the new AMD Shanghai processors, joining Dell, HP, IBM and a host of other vendors in rolling out the new quad-core devices.


The line-up includes the Sun Blade X6440 and X6240 machines, as well as the Sun Fire X4440, X5400, X4240, X4140 and X2200 servers. That range provides a wide variety of two- and four-socket configurations supporting from eight to 32 DIMM slots. Pricing spans from less than $2,000 to more than $16,000.


The Shanghai is a 45 nm device built on the same configuration as the earlier Barcelona Opterons, making it easy to install in existing server designs. Competition with Intel over the 45 nm space is expected to be fierce, particularly since that company's Core i7 processor is getting some rave reviews.


Expect to see Sun come out with an expanded line of AMD-based x64 servers after the new year.

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