The Opteron X2150 chip draws 11 watts of power, while the X1150 draws 9 watts. The Kyoto chips can come with or without integrated graphics processors. Graphics processors are better at handling complex calculations and graphics applications than CPUs, which are better for everyday applications like office productivity. AMD is recognized by industry analysts to have better graphics technology than Intel.
It may not have cost AMD much in either money or time to make Kyoto, said Dean McCarron , principal analyst at Mercury Research.
"It's relatively easy to come up with that part considering they come from the client space with server stuff bolted on," McCarron said.
The new chip gives cash-strapped AMD an opportunity to boost revenue, McCarron said.
"It's an existing market segment that is growing," McCarron said. "Why pass up on that business when it's easy to address."