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Intel announces new Xeon E7 and E3 server processors
Press release, April 6; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 6 April 2011]

Enabling IT departments to better manage data-intensive environments through new security and reliability features and performance, a new family of server processors that accelerate mission-critical computing have been announced by Intel.

The Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 product families build on Intel's previous generation of server processors to set a new standard for high-end computing applications, including business intelligence, real-time data analytics and virtualization. Strengthening the line of defense for data centers, the new processors also provide advanced security features that ensure greater data integrity.

Based on Intel's leading 32nm process technology, the new Intel Xeon processors have up to 10 cores with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, and deliver up to 40% greater performance than the Intel Xeon 7500 series processor. Concurrently, a new energy-saving feature reduces the power draw of idle portions of the chip. Beginning today, more than 35 systems based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family are expected to ship from manufacturers around the world.

The new processor family contains 18 new processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers, and is expandable to servers with 256 sockets. A 40% improvement in generational compute-intensive performance can enhance the pace and accuracy of applications in such fields as scientific research and financial services where speed is essential. With up to 25% better performance with virtual machine applications than the current generation, the new chips also hold the industry's highest virtualization performance.

IT managers seeking to achieve greater economic efficiencies can replace 18 dual-core servers with a single Xeon processor E7-based server. To help address rising energy costs, the new Xeon chips include Intel Intelligent Power technology that dynamically reduces idle power consumption of the chip based on the workload while also delivering advanced processor power-management capabilities.

Recognizing the range of compute-intensive applications from climate modeling to real-time business analytics, and the need for uncompromised performance to run them, Intel is offering 10 advanced 10-core versions of the chip, led by the E7-8870, E7-4870 and E7-2870, all of which reach 2.4GHz with a Thermal Design Point (TDP) of 130 watts.

The company also announced a version of the chip that combines the benefits of high performance with low voltage, as well as a frequency-optimized version. The 10-core low-voltage E7-8867L reaches 2.13GHz with a TDP of 105 watts, while the eight-core frequency-optimized E7-8837 tops out at 2.67GHz with a TDP of 130 watts.

Intel Xeon processor E7 family based-platforms add a massive 2 terabyte of memory in a four-socket system supported by the new processors. Most of these chips also contain Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Virtualization Technology (VT), which can increase performance as required, ease multitasking and enhance reliability and manageability, respectively.

Intel is bringing its security technologies available today in its mainstream Intel Xeon processor 5600 series, to the mission-critical server segment with the introduction of platforms based on the Xeon processor E7 family. Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI) allows systems to quickly encrypt and decrypt data running over a range of applications and transactions, while Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) creates a secure platform at boot-up by protecting applications from malicious threats.

Together, these security features can ensure that virtualized environments are more reliably secure when they are launched, migrated or at rest, as well as experience better performance and functionality.

Starting today, system manufacturers from around the world are expected to announce more than 35 Xeon processor E7 family-based platforms. These manufacturers include Bull, Cisco, Cray, Dawning, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, NEC, Oracle, PowerLeader, Quanta Computer, SGI, Supermicro and Unisys.

Numerous enterprise software vendors also support Xeon processor E7 family-based platforms, including IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP AG and VMware.

Intel also announced the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 family, an entry-level server processor built to meet the unique demands of small business applications, ranging from collaboration tools to storage and back-up applications. With up to 30% greater performance over the previous generation, the Xeon processor E3-1200 product family is faster and provides higher reliability than a desktop computer running similar applications. Support for Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory ensures system reliability by preventing glitches that cause data breaches and downtime, and with small businesses facing a harsher climate of security threats the Xeon processor E3-1200 product family helps ensure the integrity of valuable data with Intel AES-NI and Intel TXT.

The Xeon processor E7-8800/4800/2800 families range in price from US$774 to US$4,616 in quantities of 1,000. The Xeon processor E3-1200 family ranges in price from US$189 to US$612 in quantities of 1,000.

Intel new Xeon E7 server processor die

Intel new Xeon E7 server processor die
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Intel new Xeon E3-1200 family processor

Intel new Xeon E3-1200 family processor
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