Silicon Mechanics Announces Support for New Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ Processors

Performance and power management features offer customers significant benefits

BOTHELL, WA – November 13, 2008 – Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading provider of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing solutions, today announced support for the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor (codenamed "Shanghai") in its Rackform nServ server offerings.

The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are built on 45nm process technology, have 6 MB of shared L3 cache, and offer support for DDR2-800 memory. These enhancements can all be realized using the same socket as previous generations of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors as well as Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors. Silicon Mechanics plans to support the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors in the following models:

In addition to the performance enhancements offered by 45nm technology, Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors include many energy efficiency features such as AMD PowerNow!™ technology and Dual Dynamic Power Management™. The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor enables users to realize improved performance without compromising on power consumption.

"AMD has worked extensively with Silicon Mechanics to bring leading solutions to market. The new Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor delivers a unique advantage by enabling increased performance and optimal power consumption, all within the same socket as previous generations of dual- and Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors for easy upgradeability," said John Fruehe, director, Server and Workstation division, AMD (NYSE: AMD). "We expect the increased cache size to deliver superior performance across memory-intensive applications in the new Rackform nServ servers, providing significant benefits in storage and high performance computing environments."

"Thanks to core and cache enhancements, 45nm technology, and improved virtualization support, our customers can reap a range of benefits," said David Bryan, President of Silicon Mechanics. "We are always enthusiastic when we can offer products that enable enhanced performance per watt without altering data center infrastructure."

Pricing and Availability
All systems are slated for immediate purchase and delivery via the Silicon Mechanics website.

About Silicon Mechanics
Silicon Mechanics is a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing hardware with one of the most comprehensive product offerings available. We work collaboratively with customers to create best-fit solutions at competitive pricing. Our products are supported by the best warranty offerings available. Our unique website allows customers to easily configure hardware and evaluate the implications of their options. When you work with Silicon Mechanics, you get more than just state-of-the-art equipment. You get a team of experts dedicated to total customer satisfaction. Visit or call us at 866-352-1173 to custom-configure a system for your computing environment.

Silicon Mechanics and the Silicon Mechanics logo are registered trademarks of Silicon Mechanics, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, AMD PowerNow!, Dual Dynamic Power Management, and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.