Previously code-named Westmere, the new chip boasts increased security capabilities and 60% greater performance than previous generation processors through up to six-core embedded computing. Data centres can replace 15 single-core servers with one server with a rapid ROI.
In terms of power efficiency, a two-socket server using the low-voltage Intel Xeon processor L5640 can deliver the same performance as a server using the champion of the previous X5570 series, but with up to 30% lower platform power.
The new processors also offer better virtualisation performance and generally increase the reliability and manageability of consolidated IT environments.
For the technically-minded there’s a lot more information in the press release. Suffice to say that a number of manufacturers have already introducing new energy-efficient hardware based on the chip, including Dell, Cisco, IBM and Fujitsu.