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Intel launches 'green' Xeon processors

Posted: 10 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:green Xeon? processor? server platform?

Moving a step closer to fulfill the environmental footprint of its products, Intel Corp. has released four halogen-free 45nm Xeon processors and said all previous versions of the Xeon 5200 and 5400 series are now halogen-free.

The company said the new Xeons are compatible with the existing Intel dual processor platforms that have been launched in the market since 2006.

The halogen-free chips consist of three new quad-core Xeon 5400 series processors like X5492, X5470 and L5430. The X5492, the fastest processor, has a clock speed of 3.4GHz, while the low-power L5430 uses only 50W or 12.5W per core, according to Intel.

The X5270, the fourth chip, is a dual-core Xeon that runs as low as 80W with frequencies as high as 3.5GHz.

Intel stressed the processors provide better energy efficiency with the use of 45nm implementation and transistors that use a hafnium-based high-k metal gate formula.

"Customers using the new Xeon processors will not only benefit from greater performance and energy efficiency within existing platforms, but they will be the very first to use Intel's halogen-free technology," said Kirk Skaugen, VP and general manager, server platforms group, Intel.

Systems vendors giving support for these new processors are Asus Computer Inc., Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gigabyte, Hewlett-Packard, IBM Corp., Microstar International Co. Ltd, NEC Corp., Quanta Corp., Rackable Systems Inc., Sun Microsystems, Supermicro, Tyan Computer Corp. and Verari Systems.

"The new 5400 series processors are available now, while the X5270 will be available this fall," Intel said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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