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Intel rolls low-voltage quad-core server processors

Posted: 14 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. expanded its line of Xeon quad-core processors with two energy-efficient chips targeting the growing demand for server processors that use less power and produce less heat, thereby reducing electricity and cooling costs.

The new 50W L5320 and L5310 operate at 1.86GHz and1.60 GHz, respectively, and feature 8Mbytes of on-die cache for faster memory data communication. The chips run on dedicated 1066MHz front side buses.

Less power draw
The processors can be coupled with Intel's Bensley server platform and are designed to be drop-in compatible with existing Xeon dual-core and quad-core chips. Intel said the new chips represent 35 to nearly 60 percent decrease in power consumption from the company's existing 80W and 120W quad-core processors.

According to Intel, the latest processors are designed for blade serves and other computers found in high-density data centers. Such environments are commonly found among large Internet companies, such as Google and Yahoo, and financial institutions. These companies are willing to trade less power per processor for lower energy consumption to reduce costs for electricity and cooling.

Less cost
When used to replace older technology, Intel's quad-core processors, coupled with virtualization technology, can reduce costs by $6,000 per year over the lifetime of a server, according to the chipmaker. Intel also claims to have reduced power consumption in its server processors tenfold over the last 18 months. Since November, Intel has introduced 11 server, workstation and desktop PC quad-core processors.

Servers based on the new products are expected to be available worldwide over the next few months from Acer, Dell, Digital Henge, Fujitsu, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, HCL, IBM, Rackable Systems, Samsung, Verari, Wipro and other companies.

In 1,000-unit quantities, the L5320 and L5310 are priced at $519 and $455 each, respectively.

- Antone Gonsalves

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