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Intel 64-bit Xeons Upgraded

Intel announced this week it is shipping upgraded versions of its 64-bit Xeon processors, and also said it will ship new multi-processor Xeons within three months.

The new 64-bit Xeon processor, code-named "Irwindale," features a beefed-up second level cache memory reservoir, and is “drop-in compatible” with the previous Intel Xeon processor, Intel’s 64-bit Xeon processors with 2M of L2 cache run at 3 to 3.6 GHz, and cost from $316 to $851 each in quantities of 1,000.

Intel plans to introduce its Xeon MP processor-based server platform with up to 8 MB of third-level cache, code-named "Potomac," within 90 days. Intel will also ship entry-level four-way server platforms using the new Intel Xeon processor MP with 1MB of L2 cache, code-named "Cranford," the company said in a published statement.

The new server platforms will include a 64-bit Intel Xeon MP processor, a faster system bus, support for PCI Express and DDR2-400 Memory and Demand-Based Switching with Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology.

“The platform will also include the Intel E8500 chipset, codenamed ‘Twin Castle,’ an advanced chipset designed specifically to support dual core processors with a dual bus technology that handles incoming data faster,” the statement said.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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