April 19, 2006 4:27 PM PDT
Computing companies ally for low power
One major rivalry is between AMD and Intel. AMD's Opteron mainstream server processors consume 95 watts, compared to a range of 110 to 165 watts for Intel's accompanying Xeon. When it comes to servers, Sun Microsystems has built an ad campaign around the idea of using less energy.
The Green Grid effort is open to computing professionals, hardware and software companies, systems integrators and others, but Intel isn't involved.
"We were not asked to join," spokesman Scott McLaughlin said. "We've been involved in a lot of alliances and have a history of developing industry ecosystems. Regardless of who's organizing it, we're always ready to participate as long as it's focused on the customer not just issuing press releases."
Au contraire, countered AMD spokesman Phil Hughes. Although Intel didn't receive a written invitation, AMD representatives verbally invited Intel on March 27, he said.
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