AMD ventures into dual-core
and AMD have launched their dual-core processors and plan to shift the focus
completely to them in future. AMD India has launched its 64-bit, dual-core server
and workstation solutions for enterprise users. AMD has also launched the Athlon
64 x2 dual-core processor for PCs. Vendors like Sun, HP, IBM, Wipro, and HCL
will provide the enterprise support for AMD processors.
As the single-core processor has almost reached its physical limits of possible
speed, multi-core processing has become a growing industry trend. Processor
makers have started shifting to dual-core processors to avoid the technical
snags they hit with current single-core variants.
Software companies are examining how software-licensing policies will adapt
to this new technology. Microsoft and AMD agree that server software that is
currently licensed on a per-processor model should continue as such, and not
on a per-core model. Customers who use software from vendors that license by
individual core, as other software vendors currently do, may face increased
software costs when they upgrade to multicore processor systems.