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April 6, 2011

Intel unveils new suite of server processors

Computing capabilities include business intelligence, real-time data analytics and virtualisation

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel has unveiled its new family of server processors that accelerate computing, enabling IT departments to better manage data-intensive environments through new security and reliability features.

The Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 product families build on the company’s previous generation of server processors to set a new standard for high-end computing applications, including business intelligence, real-time data analytics and virtualisation, said the company.

The new Xeon processors support up to 10 cores with Hyper-Threading Technology, and deliver up to 40% greater performance than the Xeon 7500 series processor.

Intel data centre group vice-president and general manager Kirk Skaugen said the new processors deliver record breaking performance with new security, reliability and energy efficiency enhancements.

"The industry momentum we’re seeing for this new server processor architecture is unparalleled in Intel’s history and the days of IT organisations being forced to deploy expensive, closed RISC architectures for mission-critical applications are nearing an end," Skaugen said.

The new processor family contains 18 new processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers, and is expandable to servers with 256 sockets.

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Further, to help address rising energy costs, the new Xeon chips include Intel Intelligent Power technology that reduces idle power consumption of the chip based on the workload while also delivering advanced processor power-management capabilities.

The company is also offering 10 advanced 10-core versions of the chip, led by the E7-8870, E7-4870 and E7-2870, all of which reach 2.4 GHz with a TDP (Thermal Design Point) of 130 watts.

The company also launched a version of the chip that combines the benefits of high performance with low voltage, and frequency-optimised version.

The 10-core low-voltage E7-8867L reaches 2.13 GHz with a TDP of 105 watts, while the eight-core frequency-optimised E7-8837 tops out at 2.67 GHz with a TDP of 130 watts.

The Xeon processor E7 family based-platforms add 2 Terabyte of memory in a four-socket system supported by the new processors.

These chips also contain Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Hyper-Threading Technology and Virtualisation Technology (VT), which can increase performance as required, ease multitasking and enhance reliability and manageability, respectively, said the company.

Along with the above product, Intel is also launching its security technologies available in its mainstream Xeon processor 5600 series; and the Xeon processor E3-1200 family, an entry-level server processor built to meet the unique demands of small business applications, ranging from collaboration tools to storage and back-up applications.

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