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Intel unveils Xeon 5600 server processors

New range of Xeon processors bring better security and power consumption to servers and workstations

The Xeon 5600 series are the first server and workstation processors built on 32nm technology.
The Xeon 5600 series are the first server and workstation processors built on 32nm technology.

Intel has officially launched its new range of Xeon Processors for data centre infrastructure.

The new Xeon 5600 series processors include enhanced encryption and a more secure launch environment to give data centre servers and workstations a more robust platform for cloud computing.

The processors include Intel AES-NI, a new set of instructions which accelerate AES performance to enable faster data encryption and decryption for a wide range of applications, along with Intel TXT, that provides a more secure platform launch environment, along with more protection for applications that move between virtualized servers.

The new Xeon processors are also the first server and workstation processors built on Intel's 32nm technology, using high-k metal gate transistors for faster processing and lower energy consumption. The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series supports up to six cores per processor and delivers up to 60% greater performance than the 45nm Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. In addition, data centres can replace 15 single-core servers with a single new one, and achieve a return on their investment in as little as five months, according to Intel.

For power consumption, the new processors are more efficient, with a two-socket server based on the new low-voltage Intel Xeon processor L5640 delivering the same performance as the Xeon X5570 series, but with up to 30% lower platform power.

Intel says that major vendors, including Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and Oracle, will launch hardware based on the Xeon X5600 series.

Nassir Nauthoa, Intel General Manager for the GCC commented: "The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series will be the backbone of mainstream computing environments. New security capabilities will boost the confidence of IT managers. Improvements in performance, server virtualization and power consumption will foster productivity and efficiency for a broad range of applications ranging from data transactions to workstations performing medical imaging and digital prototyping."

The company has also announced the launch of three new processors for embedded computing, the Intel Xeon E5645 and L5638, the quad-core L5618 and E5620 processors, which have a seven year life cycle and have been optimized for low cooling, robust communication environments.

Intel also announced its first 32nm, six-core processor with 12 computing threads for client applications, the Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition, for high end desktop applications including design and gaming.