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AMD to Build 153,000sqft Data Center in Georgia

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AMD filed a permit to build a data center in Suwanee, Georgia.

The building will provide about 153,000 sqft of space and include, initially only one building module in a 10 year plan.

AMD built a similar strategy for its fab in Luther Forest, which is now operated by the spun off GlobalFoundries: GlobalFoundries is expanding its fabs in a module strategy as well. The data center is substantially cheaper than AMD's billion dollar fabs of the past. According to the company, the initial construction cost is estimated to be about $25 to $30 million and part of a data center consolidation approach.

Including the IT equipment, the total cost is estimated to be in the $100 million neighborhood. There was no roadmap that details the future expansion of the site. However, AMD hopes that the new datacenter will be able to help AMD "leverage changes in the business environment in terms of cost."      

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    joytech22 , March 4, 2011 10:36 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me like AMD is doing everything it can to delay Bulldozer.
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    popatim , March 4, 2011 10:42 PM
    Why would they need a Datacenter is what I'm wondering? And why put it half way around the world from their business? And Why America instead of so lesser developed country where things would be even cheaper?

    Somethings up...
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    fyasko , March 4, 2011 11:05 PM
    at least we know AMD is still alive. the rumor mill has been on fire with AMD lagging on BD and all of the execs. jumping ship
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    iam2thecrowe , March 4, 2011 11:12 PM
    popatimWhy would they need a Datacenter is what I'm wondering? And why put it half way around the world from their business? And Why America instead of so lesser developed country where things would be even cheaper?Somethings up...

    heard of cloud computing?...
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    verbalizer , March 4, 2011 11:19 PM
    where do I apply for a job..?
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    pclee , March 4, 2011 11:24 PM
    sweet!!
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2011 11:26 PM
    I wonder if they are going to be using Intel processors to get the best performance?
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    the_brute , March 5, 2011 12:43 AM
    BullDozer is ontime. but it was set so far in advance. Only rumors set it for last year, then before christmas, then Jan. It is also a great way to show off their processor performance.

    otacon72When AMD gets any new chips to market let me know. I could careless about APUs...I want to see a NEW AMD CPU against well anything from intel's new line. 3rd party benchmarks too please..not that commercial we saw for their APU a few days ago.


    Sorry thats the way to increase computer speed is with APUs. Graphics cores are much faster at decoding one type of data where as CPU can do anything. and that video was rather good. Most of the stuff was graphics based and not CPU based, and anyone knows that AMD has much better graphics than Intel. But Intel has higher end CPUs.
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2011 1:11 AM
    @popatim: "And Why America instead of so lesser developed country where things would be even cheaper?"

    Have you ever been to Georgia? All the "pro-business" quasi-fascist corporate knob-slobbering you get in the Third World - but with IP protection, electricity and network uplinks that work...
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    kilo_17 , March 5, 2011 1:12 AM
    Glad to see AMD expanding. On another note, I feel I've been seeing more of these advertisements for clothes websites in the comments section.....
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    leorick , March 5, 2011 1:20 AM
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    When AMD gets any new chips to market let me know. I could careless about APUs...

    AMD's new zacate APU is doing quite well actually. The new eMachines D644 laptop that was released late January is selling like pancakes here in Manila. I already had the pleasure setting up 5 of those and I'm surprised at what it can do at that price point.

    Anyway, it's good to hear AMD investing :) 
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    caeden , March 5, 2011 1:41 AM
    ThE_BrutE ...and anyone knows that AMD has much better graphics than Intel. But Intel has higher end CPUs.


    Almost as if Intel procs should be paired with ATI cards... like many of us did for years before AMD screwed them all up! At least their graphics are back up to par, but it is still odd to me how everyone was pairing intel/ATI and AMD/nVidia, and now the whole ball of wax seems backwards.
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    jattitude84 , March 5, 2011 1:44 AM
    Good move amd....but please bring BD as early as possible before the cougar point problem of sandybridge fades away....in q3 sandybridge 8 cores are coming....how will BD compete with them
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    nebun , March 5, 2011 2:05 AM
    popatimWhy would they need a Datacenter is what I'm wondering? And why put it half way around the world from their business? And Why America instead of so lesser developed country where things would be even cheaper?Somethings up...

    they are working with uncle SAM to spy on other nations...this is the new thing to do these days :( 
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    kilo_17 , March 5, 2011 2:59 AM
    jattitude84Good move amd....but please bring BD as early as possible before the cougar point problem of sandybridge fades away....in q3 sandybridge 8 cores are coming....how will BD compete with them

    I agree. AMD needs to release BD or Intel is just going to get farther and farther ahead....
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    Nintendork , March 5, 2011 4:19 AM
    What farther? Do you like $1000 8 core SB? It's a worthless release.
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    the last resort , March 5, 2011 5:29 AM
    I had the chance the other day to have a small conversation with an engineer from AMD. Specifically, he is currently working on 18nm, of which they just got back the first working parts (proof that AMD can move forward with developing full processors).

    Now for the important part. Of course the first thing I asked him was when Bulldozer was coming. He told me that right now, partners like Dell, HP, etc, all have the entire line-up of ALL Bulldozer processors. This includes the full range of enthusiast processors (what were waiting for) all the way up to the full spectrum of server processors.

    He didn't give me a specific release day, but he said that AMD is shipping all processors, and that the fabs are at full production. The words from him I liked the most: "Bulldozer could be any day now".

    Not sure if it is true, but I'm really hoping its soon.
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    lashton , March 5, 2011 6:59 AM
    so much for AMD in financial trouble I think intel BS
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    f-14 , March 5, 2011 7:27 AM
    popatimWhy would they need a Datacenter is what I'm wondering? And why put it half way around the world from their business? And Why America instead of so lesser developed country where things would be even cheaper?Somethings up...

    read about something in a news paper when i was in atlanta last year-an obama business kick back /stimulus from the economy/too big to fail bail out plan, and a sweet tax break from georgia, not to mention labor down there works for peanuts compared to the east west and north, but it's just another reason why AMD is 4 years behind. it will be even slower now with georgia's turtle speed work force but i doubt a data center affects cpu design and production. possibly a server render farm for movie makers using amd video cards?
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    bdonedge , March 5, 2011 9:55 AM
    Quote:
    I had the chance the other day to have a small conversation with an engineer from AMD. Specifically, he is currently working on 18nm, of which they just got back the first working parts (proof that AMD can move forward with developing full processors).

    Now for the important part. Of course the first thing I asked him was when Bulldozer was coming. He told me that right now, partners like Dell, HP, etc, all have the entire line-up of ALL Bulldozer processors. This includes the full range of enthusiast processors (what were waiting for) all the way up to the full spectrum of server processors.

    He didn't give me a specific release day, but he said that AMD is shipping all processors, and that the fabs are at full production. The words from him I liked the most: "Bulldozer could be any day now".

    Not sure if it is true, but I'm really hoping its soon.


    I call BS on this "engineer's" story. Something doesn't seem right, if they are trying to make a new standard with 28nm GPU's, I doubt they have the technology to output a 18nm cpu.


    Also, sidenote; are BD CPU's supposed to be AM3 socket? or a different mobo standard?
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