SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2005 – Completing an era in
enterprise computing and signaling the beginning of a new generation of
platforms and capabilities, Intel Corporation today announced
availability of its last planned single-core Intel Xeon processor.
Intel also announced new low voltage versions of its Intel Xeon
processor line as the company shifts to enterprise platforms with
processors having two or more cores.
"We are aggressively driving the transformation to an entire new
generation of multi-core servers. As the most widely-deployed 64-bit
platform in the industry, Xeon is the clear server and workstation
workhorse for business," said Diane Bryant, vice president of Intel's
Digital Enterprise Group and general manager of Intel's Server
Platforms Group. "And as we support the transition to multi-core
enterprise computing, Intel is already sampling next-generation
processors and platforms that will consume orders of magnitude less
power and incorporate new platform technologies that deliver leadership
manageability, virtualization and I/O efficiency."
As part of its strategy to improve power efficiency, Intel today
introduced low voltage versions of its Intel Xeon processors. They
include the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor LV 3 GHz1 with only a 55W
processor power envelope and the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MV 3.20
GHz with a 90W processor power envelope. Both processors are targeted
at server rack and blade designs where space is constrained and
power-efficiency is a priority.
Intel also introduced a new 64-bit Intel Xeon processor with 2MB of
L2 cache running at 3.80 GHz that is drop-in compatible with the
previous Intel Xeon processor platforms and continues to offer
power-saving features with Demand Based Switching, enhanced performance
and flexibility with support for Hyper-Threading Technology‡, DDR2-400
memory and PCI Express*. Additionally, Intel introduced a 64-bit Intel
Xeon processor 2.80 GHz with 2MB L2 cache for servers used in small and
medium business environments.
"Building on our history of delivering high-performance and
innovative platforms to customers in high volume, Intel has an
impressive roadmap of dual-core and multi-core Intel Xeon platforms
under development," said Bryant.
In the coming weeks, Intel will introduce its first dual-core Intel
Xeon processor, codenamed "Paxville." Originally scheduled in 2006,
Paxville will deliver improved performance for both dual-processor (DP)
and multi-processor (MP)-based servers.
In early 2006, Intel will deliver another server platform, codenamed
"Bensley," including a dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codenamed
"Dempsey," a chipset optimized for dual-core, codenamed “Blackford,”
and technologies that will improve performance, manageability,
reliability and productivity. At that time Intel will bring to market a
dual-core Intel Xeon processor-based workstation platform, codenamed
"Glidewell," also including the Dempsey processor, and a new chipset,
optimized for workstations, codenamed "Greencreek."
To further efforts in reducing server power consumption, in 2006
Intel also plans to deliver a new dual-core processor, codenamed
"Sossaman," targeted at power-constrained environments.
Later in 2006, Intel will introduce a dual-core Intel Xeon
processor-based platform, codenamed "Woodcrest," designed on Intel's
advanced 65-nanometer technology manufacturing process. Woodcrest,
based on the company’s next-generation, power-optimized
micro-architecture, will offer dramatically improved performance and
greatly reduced power consumption.
Pricing and Availability
64-bit Intel Xeon processors with 2MB L2 cache at operating speeds
of 3.80 GHz and 2.80 GHz are available now for $851 and $198,
respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. The 64-bit Intel Xeon processor
LV 3 GHz is priced at $519 in 1,000-unit quantities. And the 64-bit
Intel Xeon processor MV 3.20 GHz is priced at $487 in 1,000 unit
Source: Intel Press Release