AMD today officially confirmed that it will be announcing its-next generation Opteron workstation and server processor next Tuesday. The new processor will use the new Socket F as well as the Socket AM2 previously introduced for the desktop processors Sempron, Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2 and FX.
While it is expected that the new processors will offer a slight increase in performance and decrease in power consumption, a key feature of the new CPUs will be support for virtualization, which is formally introduced with the launch of the Socket F and AM2 Opterons. AMD also said that it will stay on its path to enable simple drop-in upgrades : The upcoming quad-core CPU generation, scheduled to launch in mid-2007, will continue to use F and AM2 sockets.
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