Intel today announced the availability of its first dual-core, hyper-threaded Intel® Xeon® processors for entry-level dual processor servers. The new processors help to improve the performance and response time of multi-threaded server applications. The new dual-core Intel Xeon processor runs at 2.80 GHz with an 800 MHz system bus and 2 MB of Level 2 cache per core and will use the Intel® E7520 chipset. The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence for multi-processor servers is expected to run at speeds up to 3.0 GHz and includes a new chipset, the Intel® E8501, to support an 800 MHz system bus and support for the existing Intel® E8500 chipset. The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 2.80 GHz is available for $ 1,043 in 1,000-unit quantities.

Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its first dual-core,
hyper-threaded Intel® Xeon® processors for entry-level dual processor servers.
The new processors help to improve the performance and response time of
multi-threaded server applications.

"The availability of our first dual-core server platforms accelerates the
delivery of Intel’s aggressive multi-core server roadmap, giving CIOs and IT
managers innovative new technologies and capabilities to help grow and transform
their business," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel’s Server Platforms
Group.

The new dual-core Intel Xeon processors are expected to help improve the
performance of today’s dual processor, 64-bit servers by up to 50 percent.**
Early next year, Intel plans to deliver a new server platform, codenamed "Bensley,"
consisting of a dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codenamed "Dempsey," a chipset,
codenamed "Blackford," and integrated technologies to help improve
manageability, IT productivity, and performance of servers in the data center.

Premium server platforms based on the new dual-core Intel Xeon processor are
available today. The forthcoming Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence
for multi-processor servers, codenamed "Paxville," is expected to be available
in the next 60 days. Over the next few months, servers and workstations based on
both platforms are expected to be available worldwide from system manufacturers
including ASUSTek, Dell, Egenera, Fujitsu Siemens, Gateway, HP, HCL Infosystems
Ltd, IBM, Kraftway, Lang chao, Lenovo, Maxdata, NEC, Samsung, Supermicro, Unisys
and Wipro Infotech.

In addition to delivering multi-core processors, Intel will integrate a host of
technologies into the silicon including hyper-threading technology,
virtualization, security, and management technology. Dual-core processing,
combined with Intel® Hyper-Threading technology (HT), which allows one core to
function as two "logical" cores, enables vast increases in the amount of work a
processor can do in the same time as a processor with one core. With HT
technology, one dual-core processor is able to simultaneously run four software
threads. As more processors are added to a server, the number of supported
threads increases to help deliver even better overall performance.


Processing Capability by Platform

 

No. of processors per platform

No. of cores per platform

No. of threads per platform


Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 2.80 GHz

2

4

8


Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7000

Up to 32

 Up to 64

 Up to 128


Dempsey processor

2

4

8


Montecito processor

Up to 64

Up to 128

Up to 256

The new
dual-core Intel Xeon processor runs at 2.80 GHz with an 800 MHz system bus and 2
MB of Level 2 cache per core and will use the Intel® E7520 chipset. Since each
core is equipped with its own cache, the amount of traffic on the system bus is
reduced and each core has faster access to data. Other features include Intel®
EM64T, HT technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Demand Based Switching. Servers
based on these processors are well suited for applications such as web server,
infrastructure and email.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence for multi-processor servers is
expected to run at speeds up to 3.0 GHz and includes a new chipset, the Intel®
E8501, to support an 800 MHz system bus and support for the existing Intel®
E8500 chipset. The platform will also include a dual, independent system bus,
DDR2 Memory, PCI Express, memory RAID and I/O technologies. Initial preliminary
testing resulted in up to 60 percent performance improvement over previous
generations.*** These server platforms are targeted at mid-tier enterprise
applications such as database, financial services and supply chain management.

Intel plans to deliver three more server platforms to round out its initial
dual-core server and workstation portfolio. Later this year, Intel will ship
dual-core Intel® Itanium® processors. In the first half of 2006, Intel is
expected to deliver a volume dual-core Intel Xeon processor platform and ship
dual-core Intel Xeon processors designed for systems requiring low power
consumption. All of these systems are currently shipping as evaluation platforms
to customers.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 2.80 GHz is available for $ 1,043 in
1,000-unit quantities. Pricing for the forthcoming dual-core server processors
will be provided within the next 60 days.