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Intel's hyper-threaded Xeon processor for dual processor servers

Posted: 14 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. announced early this week its first dual-core, hyper-threaded Intel Xeon processor for dual processor servers. According to the press release, this new processor helps to improve the performance of today's dual processor, 64-bit servers by up to 50 percent. It runs at 2.80GHz with an 800MHz system bus and 2MB of Level 2 cache per core and will use the Intel E7520 chipset. Since each core is equipped with its own cache, explained the company, the amount of traffic on the system bus is reduced and each core has faster access to data.

Other features include Intel EM64T, Hyper-Threading (HT) technology, Execute Disable Bit and Demand Based Switching. Servers based on these processors are suited for applications such as web server, infrastructure and email.

"The availability of our first dual-core Intel Xeon processor 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," said Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's Server Platforms Group.

In addition to delivering multi-core processors, the company will integrate a host of technologies into the silicon, including HT technology, virtualization, security and management technology. Dual-core processing, combined with Intel HT technology, which allows one core to function as two "logical" cores, enables increases in the amount of work a processor can do in the same time as a processor with one core. With HT technology, one dual-core processor is able to simultaneously run four software threads. As more processors are added to a server, the number of supported threads increases to help deliver even better overall performance.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 2.80GHz is available for $1,043 in 1,000-unit quantities.

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