AMD's 12-core chip may cut software costs



Computerworld - Advanced Micro Devices today released its 12-core chip, doubling the number of cores in the previous-generation chip in its Opteron line. One of the key benefits in taking advantage of the performance gains delivered by a chip with a dozen cores may be in reducing software licensing costs.

The performance its new Opteron, code-named Magny-Cours, is about double that of its six-core chip, AMD said.