Intel aims to soup up server performance

Intel has unveiled its first dual-core Xeon processor, which it claims is the first-ever server level dual-core chip to target entry-level users.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 11, 2005

Intel has unveiled its first dual-core Xeon processor, which it claims is the first-ever server level dual-core chip to target entry-level users. The Xeon processor runs at 2.8GHz with an 800MHz system bus and features 2MB of L2 cache per core, and will utilise the firm’s E7520 chipset. On the other hand, Intel’s forthcoming 7000 sequences of Xeon processors (available in the next two months) is expected to run at speeds of up to 3.0GHz and will work with the E8501 chipset, to support an 800 MHz system bus. The firm says the platform will include a dual, independent system bus, DDR2 memory support, PCI Express, memory RAID and I/O technology. “The availability of our first dual-core server platforms accelerates the delivery of Intel’s aggressive multi-core server roadmap, giving CIOs and IT managers innovative new technologies and capabilities to help grow and transform their business,” stated Samir Al Schamma, Intel’s general manager for the GCC. According to Intel, each core is equipped with dedicated cache memory, which the firm claims reduces the amount of traffic on the system bus, with each core also having faster access to data. The processor also features HyperThreading technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Demand Based Switching. Intel believes servers based on these processors are best suited for applications such as web, infrastructure and e-mail servers. According to Intel, the new processors also help to improve the performance and response time of multi-threaded server applications. Intel’s dual-core Xeon 2.8GHz processor is currently available in 1,000-unit quantities through its regional distributors for $1,043.

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