Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Intel launches the ‘Westmere’ energy-saving chip

IntelIntel has launched a new processor series, the Xeon Processor 5600, based on new 32nm logic technology to increase speed and decrease energy consumption.

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.

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