The AMD Athlon™ MP Processor Product Brief
For Multiprocessing Servers and Workstations
- Smarter Multiprocessing with Smart MP Technology
- Performance for Commercial and Enterprise Computing
- A New Breed of Processor Technology
- Advanced Socket A Platform and the AMD-760™ MP
- The Power of a Reliable Partner
AMD Athlon™ MP Processor Overview
The AMD Athlon™ MP processor
is the latest member of the AMD Athlon family of processors that offers
unsurpassed multiprocessing capability. The AMD Athlon MP processor
offers fully-featured logic implementation to support smarter multiprocessing,
based on AMD Smart MP technology. It is the world's first seventh-generation
x86 processor for high-performance multiprocessing servers and workstations.
The AMD Athlon MP processor provides the fundamental building blocks
to power 1- and 2-way server and workstation platforms, especially for
users in the commercial and enterprise arenas.
This processor is designed
to optimize the execution of multi-threaded and mission-critical applications,
and to meet the reliability and computation-intensive requirements of
cutting-edge software applications. It allows servers and workstations
to run the most demanding Microsoft® Windows® compatible business and
multimedia applications available today, with ample performance headroom
for tomorrow's advances in software and operating systems.
Smarter Multiprocessing with Smart MP Technology
A key advantage of this
multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which helps the processor
and chipset offer a more efficient platform and deliver better overall
performance. Dual, independent point-to-point buses and an exemplary
cache management system, together with a bus that allows high-speed
communications between processors, unite to make this new platform an
exciting, efficient and cost-effective solution for IT managers.
Other Smart MP technology
features include an optimized cache coherency protocol, which manages
data and memory traffic, as well as innovative "snoop" busses,
which offer high-speed communication between the CPUs in a multiprocessing
system. In addition, the use of a transaction-based bus protocol allows
the processors to stay in operation, even while outstanding data requests
are being filled.
Performance for Commercial and Enterprise Computing
The AMD Athlon MP processor's
advanced architectural features help ensure outstanding levels of performance
for servers and workstations. These features include:
- AMD Smart MP Technology
- Optimized for Double Data Rate (DDR) Memory
- High-Performance, Full-Speed Cache with Hardware
- Exclusive L2 TLB (Translation Look-aside Buffer)
- Advanced 266MHz Front-Side Bus with ECC (Error
Correcting Code) Support
- 3DNow!™ Professional Technology
- Fully-Pipelined Superscalar Floating Point Engine
- Stable Socket A Infrastructure
A New Breed of Processor Technology
The AMD Athlon MP processor
with Smart MP technology includes an innovative new cache architecture
featuring an exclusive L2 TLB and data prefetch. This technology proactively
feeds data to the processor before you need it, minimizing data search
times and maximizing system performance and throughput.
The AMD Athlon MP boasts
the fastest x87 floating point engine in its class. The world's first
fully-pipelined superscalar floating point unit for x86 computing is
designed to provide unsurpassed floating point performance. This can
help developers to visualize, design, and animate in less time, thereby
improving creativity and productivity goals.
tuned for 3DNow!™ Professional technology allow for better performance
in computation-intensive software, like digital content creation and
multimedia encoding for streaming servers. The AMD Athlon MP processor
utilizes 3DNow! Professional technology, 52 new instructions which further
extend the capability of 3DNow! technology to more software than any
other x86 processor in the world.
Advanced Socket A Platform and the AMD-760™ MP Chipset
AMD's single, stable
platform-Socket A-offers IT managers lower enterprise management costs
by minimizing infrastructure churn, plus an easy upgrade path addressing
a wide range of commercial computing needs, from appliance and general
servers to high-end workstations. AMD's Socket A platform enables enterprise
customers to meet today's needs while helping to ensure long-term investment
protection and a path toward future growth.
The AMD-760 MP chipset
is a high-performance, two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for
the class of AMD Athlon MP processors with Smart MP technology. The
chipset's high performance is attributed to an enhanced 266MHz system
bus, support for DDR memory technology, and an AGP-4x graphics interface.
Together with sophisticated core logic in memory and I/O control, and
design consideration for system and power management, the AMD-760 MP
chipset provides a powerful solution for multiprocessor server and workstation
The Power of a Reliable Partner
AMD has shipped more
than 150 million PC processors worldwide. AMD processors undergo extensive
testing to confirm compatibility with Microsoft Windows 98, Windows
Me, Windows NT®, Windows 2000, and other leading operating systems.
The AMD Athlon MP processor
family is compatible with more than 60,000 software applications, including
the latest 3DNow! Professional and MMX™ technology-enhanced software.
To assist seamless integration into the enterprise environment, AMD
has partnered with industry-leading hardware and software companies.
AMD also conducts its own rigorous validation to ensure comprehensive
compatibility. Systems based on this platform are available immediately
from industry-leading OEMs worldwide.