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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 Chipset
  • 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 Prefetch
  • 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.

Applications specifically 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 platforms.

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.

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