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Intel debuts two new Xeon processors

Intel has launched two new Xeon dual-server processors and revealed details of a basket of new chipsets due later in the year

Intel has launched two new Xeon processors this week. The chips, debuted at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose, California, are designed for dual processor servers and have been delivered a quarter earlier than planned, as Intel accelerates its processor roadmap.

The new Xeon processors clock at 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz, and are built on 0.13 micron wafer technology. Both feature 512KB of Level 2 cache for improved performance for a variety of roles. The chips will cost $562 for the 2.8GHz and $433 for the 2.6GHz in 1,000-unit quantities.

“Intel Xeon processor-based platforms continue to lead the industry in terms of performance and value, and we’re seeing great momentum for our platforms worldwide,” said Lisa Hambrick, director, Intel Enterprise Processor Marketing. “We’re designing and manufacturing our enterprise products faster than anticipated and expect a number of OEMs and channel distributors to ship systems based on these products this week and throughout the year.”

Intel also announced a number of new chipsets at IDF, that will be released later in the year. The new chipsets, codenamed Granite Bay, Placer and Plumas 533 are designed for single processor and dual processor workstations and servers respectively, and will all feature 533MHz system bus.

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