AMD preps Opteron for embedded apps

AMD is preparing to adjust its marquee processors for use in embedded applications.

The strategy focuses on altering AMD's entire x86 64-bit family - Opteron, Athlon 64 and the upcoming Turion - so that the chips can be used in new form factors like blade servers and in applications such as embedded Linux clusters. Executives with AMD are expected to reveal the details during a presentation Monday night with software partners including PathScale and Wind River.

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