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Intel low-power processors to be used in Compaq servers

Compaq intends to use a forthcoming, low-power processor architecture from Intel to build servers that can be installed in extremely dense clusters.

Compaq says it will use a forthcoming, low-power processor architecture from Intel to build servers that can be installed in extremely dense clusters while allowing users to save on both space and power consumption.

The company says the chips will be incorporated into products within its latest line of ProLiant servers. Compaq is likely to sell the hardware, code-named Quickblade, in cases containing 20 blades. Each blade holds a single processor and a storage drive. As many as 14 cases will slide into a standard server rack. Compaq also eventually plans to manufacture blades that contain two Intel processors.

To reduce the heat and power problems that can plague ultra-dense server environments, the servers will use Intel's upcoming Pentium III “Tualatin” chip. Intel is designing Tualatin primarily for the mobile PC market, but its speed—it will debut at a frequency in excess of 1-GHz in the second half—and low voltage requirements also make it ideal for the rack server market.


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