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AMD offers a sneak peek at Pacifica

Virtualization technology will turn one PC into multiple virtual systems

AMD has offered its first peek at "Pacifica," its virtualization technology for use on server and desktop processors, ahead of the April launch of the Pacifica specifications.

The technology is designed to allow multiple operating systems and applications to run in independent partitions on a single processor, turning one computer system into multiple "virtual" systems, AMD says in a statement.

Pacifica is not due to be rolled out in the AMD product line until 2006, but it was presented to virtualization ISVs (independent software vendors) and analysts for the first time at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.

Both AMD and rival Intel are aiming to extend the use of virtualization technology from mainframes and high-end servers to x86-based servers, desktops, and mobile computers.

Intel has said that its virtualization technology, code named "Vanderpool," will begin appearing in desktop processors and in its Itanium server processors some time this year.

Pacifica will be available in both client and server processors in the second half of 2006, AMD says. It will eventually be used in both single-core and dual-core AMD64 processors.


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