Intel today unveiled a new generation of Intel® Xeon™ processor-based server
platforms. The platforms are based on an array of new performance-enhancing
technologies and capabilities that collectively help to better address the
evolving needs of enterprise computing. Intel’s new dual-processor capable
platforms, which are based on the Intel Xeon processor at 3.60 GHz introduced in
June, utilize the new Intel® E7520 and E7320 chipsets (formerly codenamed
“Lindenhurst”) that vary in features and prices. The platforms also include the
new Intel® IOP332 Storage I/O Processor (formerly codenamed “Dobson”) that
delivers improved RAID storage performance over previous generations. The
platforms also incorporate a host of other new and enhanced memory, I/O and bus
technologies that increase performance in key server benchmarks over prior
generations.

Other new technologies include faster DDR2 400 memory, a higher-throughput
800 MHz system bus and higher-bandwidth PCI Express* interconnect technology
than previous generations. Each works in concert with the performance, power
optimization, and flexible 32- and 64-bit memory addressability of the Intel
Xeon processor for balanced overall operation. Both the Intel E7520 and 7320
Chipsets, and the Intel IOP332 Storage I/O Processor are available now. The
Intel 7520 and 7320 are currently priced at $ 84 and $ 70, respectively. The
IOP332 Storage I/O Processor is currently priced at $ 82. All prices stated are
in quantities of 1,000 and are for purchases made directly from Intel.

Intel today unveiled a new generation of Intel® Xeon™ processor-based server
platforms. The platforms are based on an array of new performance-enhancing
technologies and capabilities that collectively help to better address the
evolving needs of enterprise computing.

Intel’s new dual-processor capable platforms, which are based on the Intel
Xeon processor at 3.60 GHz introduced in June, utilize the new Intel® E7520 and
E7320 chipsets (formerly codenamed “Lindenhurst”) that vary in features and
prices. The platforms also include the new Intel® IOP332 Storage I/O Processor
(formerly codenamed “Dobson”) that delivers improved RAID storage performance
over previous generations. The platforms also incorporate a host of other new
and enhanced memory, I/O and bus technologies that increase performance in key
server benchmarks over prior generations.

“We’ve innovated and integrated the processor, chipset, storage and networking
components with these technologies into platforms that help deliver a new
standard in performance, reliability and cost,” said Abhi Talwalkar, Intel vice
president and general manager, Enterprise Platforms Group. “Utilizing these
technologies will enable the systems built on these platforms to perform many of
the most demanding jobs business, science or government can throw at them.”

Other new technologies include faster DDR2 400 memory, a higher-throughput 800
MHz system bus and higher-bandwidth PCI Express* interconnect technology than
previous generations. Each works in concert with the performance, power
optimization, and flexible 32- and 64-bit memory addressability of the Intel
Xeon processor for balanced overall operation.

New Performance Benchmarks

This combination of new features enables improved performance for a wide variety
of applications. In benchmark tests conducted by VeriTest, the platform
demonstrated 54 percent greater performance on WebBench (used to measure the
ability to handle Web hosting services), 22 percent improved performance on
Windows* Media Load Simulator (used to measure capacity for streaming media
applications) and 18 percent better performance on SPECjbb2000 (used to measure
ability to process transactions in e-commerce applications).** All comparisons
are against the previous generation of Intel-based servers.

The Intel E7520 chipset is aimed at high-performance dual-processor enterprise
solutions for systems that have complex I/O requirements for storage, networking
and other applications. The Intel E7320 chipset includes all of the performance
enhancements of the E7520, and currently offers a lower price for purchases
direct from Intel for applications requiring fewer I/O ports.

The new Intel IOP332 Storage I/O Processor is aimed at cost-effectively
enhancing RAID storage performance to help improve data reliability and reduce
downtime. The IOP332 processor takes advantage of DDR2 400 memory and the
fastest Intel® XScale® core at 800 MHz to increase the speed of RAID5 data
storage and recovery. The use of PCI Express technology eliminates the latency
previously incurred by PCI-X bridges.

Balanced Platform Technologies

New DDR2 400 memory technology provides a 20 percent increase in memory
bandwidth and up to 40 percent reduction in power over DDR 333. The combination
of greater memory density and reduced power is particularly important to rack
and blade servers, where the goal is to garner the most computing power into a
constrained space while keeping heat under control. The 800 MHz system bus
provides 50 percent greater bandwidth between chipset and the Intel Xeon
processor, helping to enable unencumbered data flow for evermore demanding
applications.

PCI Express, the successor to the PCI and PCI-X bus technologies, increases I/O
bandwidth three-fold over PCI-X. Initially, the E7520 and E7320 chipsets will
support integration of PCI Express devices, including the IOP332 processor, onto
motherboards, and by early in the fourth quarter currently plans to offer broad
support for PCI Express adapters.

Intel introduced six new server boards and several new server chassis that
incorporate the Intel Xeon processor, chipsets and storage processor along with
new RAID controllers and server-management software. These new products are
aimed at OEMs and resellers for applications ranging from high-performance
dual-CPU pedestal servers to high-density, cost-effective rack-mount systems.

The improved performance of the server platforms translates directly to meeting
the enterprise computing demands of such companies as NASDAQ and JPMorgan Chase.

“For the NASDAQ, the key performance measure is the peak number of transactions
our servers can handle per second, “ said Steve Randich, CIO and executive vice
president, the NASDAQ Stock Market. “Therefore, enhancing throughput and latency
in our servers is key to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of stock
trading process for traders and investors. With its host of new memory and I/O
technologies, Intel’s latest server platform, which is incorporated in our Dell
PowerEdge* servers, has the potential to help us continue to meet rapidly
growing trading demands.”

“At JPMorgan Chase, increased computing power means increasing our ability to
quantify, assess and manage the risks that our clients face in the marketplace,”
said Michael Ashworth, CIO of the Investment Bank. “Our ability to share compute
power and data effectively and efficiently over a large number of low-cost nodes
not only improves our operational performance, but delivers computing power
where and when it’s needed most. Intel® Solution Services has been a great
partner in supporting the growth of our Compute Backbone – our grid computing,
risk management system – and has provided us with early access to the latest
Intel Xeon processor-based server platform, which can provide the bandwidth
capabilities needed for these data-intensive applications. JPMC is potentially
looking to deploy this technology as early as the third quarter of this year.”

The Intel Xeon processor, which was introduced in June, is the first Intel Xeon
processor to offer Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T). EM64T
helps overcome the 4-Gigabyte memory addressability hurdle, providing software
developers flexibility for writing programs to meet the evolving demands of
data-center computing. The processor also features Demand Based Switching with
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology to dynamically adjust the processor’s power
usage up to 31 percent to reduce operating costs and heat issues.

“Availability of Intel’s new server platforms with Extended Memory 64 Technology
marks an exciting milestone that will accelerate customer adoption of 64-bit
computing,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president, Microsoft’s Windows Server
Group. “The performance and scalability benefits of 64-bit Windows Server 2003
and SQL Server 2005 on Intel Xeon processor-based systems enable Microsoft and
Intel to deliver the benefits of 64-bit technology while providing customers
investment protection and an easy migration path from today’s 32-bit
applications.”

A broad range of system and board manufacturers have stated that they currently
plan to introduce products based on the new server platforms, including Acer,
Appro, Aquarius, Arima, Asus, CA Digital, Ciara Technologies, Colfax, Compusys,
Datanet, Dell, Digital Henge, Egenera, Equus, Foxconn, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens
Computers, Gateway, Gigabyte, HCL, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Inventec Enterprise System
Corporation, Ion Computer Systems, Iron Systems, Iwill, Kingstar, Kraftway,
LangChao, Lenovo, Linux Networx, Maxdata, Microway, MPC, Mitac, MSI, Nanobay,
NEC, NECCI, Optimus, Powerleader, Quanta, Samsung, Rackable Systems, SuperMicro,
Toshiba, Tyan, Verari and Wistron. Worldwide, there are more than 10,000 sellers
of Intel-based server products, platforms and systems.

Pricing and Availability

Both the Intel E7520 and 7320 Chipsets, and the Intel IOP332 Storage I/O
Processor are available now. The Intel 7520 and 7320 are currently priced at $ 84
and $ 70, respectively. The IOP332 Storage I/O Processor is currently priced at
$ 82. All prices stated are in quantities of 1,000 and are for purchases made
directly from Intel.