Opteron is the AMD's server-oriented 64-bit chip, first released in 2003. The AMD Opteron is the first eighth-generation x86 processor (K8 core), and the first of AMD's AMD64 (x86-64) processors. It is intended to compete in the server market, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to run existing 32-bit applications and offer customers a migration path to 64-bit computing. The AMD Opteron™ processor is offered in three series: the 100 series (1-way), the 200 series (Up to 2-way), and the 800 series (Up to 8-way).
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