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Xeon processors make intelligent PCs

Posted: 11 Sep 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor? server desktop? Nehalem? Intel Xeon?

Intel debuts desktop and server processors that bring the next level of integration and intelligence to computers. The Intel Core i5 processor family, two new Intel Core i7 processors and the Intel Xeon processor 3400 series that feature the Nehalem microarchitecture are designed for mainstream desktop and entry server markets.

Formerly codenamed "Lynnfield," these new chips are based on Intel's award-winning Nehalem microarchitecture and are designed for consumers who need top-notch performance for digital media, productivity, gaming and other demanding applications.

All processors are Pb- and halogen-free1 and feature Intel exclusive Turbo Boost Technology. The Core i7 processors also support Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. Combined, these features give computer users absolute "intelligent" performance when necessary and optimum power-efficiency when the computer is lightly loaded.

New design
The new chipset brings revolutionary design changes since the invention of the PCI bus in the early 1990s and sets the stage for Intel's forthcoming 2010 compute platform. The company claims the P55 Express Chipset will be the baseline building block component for motherboards worldwide, delivering great new levels of performance and scalability for everyone from the retail buyer to the technically savvy do-it-yourselfer.

The new Core i7 and i5 processors are the first Intel processors to integrate both a 16-lane PCIe 2 graphics port and two-channel memory controller, enabling all input/output and manageability functions to be handled by the single-chip Intel P55 Express Chipset. Previous Intel chipsets required two separate chips. A new Direct Media Interface (DMI) connects between the processor and chipset. The chipset supports eight PCIe 2.0 x1 ports (2.5GT/s) for flexible device support. Dual graphics cards are supported in a "2x8" configuration. The chipset also supports six serial ATA 3Gbit/s ports with Intel Matrix Storage Technology providing RAID levels 0/1/5/10. Up to 14 USB 2.0 Ports can be supported with the chipset's integrated USB 2.0 Rate Matching Hub, along with Intel High Definition Audio for premium digital sound. The new processors are the first to be supported by the new Land Grid Array (LGA) 1156 package and socket technology.


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