Intel intorduced Nehalem EP based Xeon Processor 5500 series
Intel announced a new update to its enterprise class Xeon processors by introducing 17 enterprise-class processors led by the Nehalem EP based Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. According to the company, these are the most revolutionary server processors since addressing the market with the Intel Pentium Pro processor almost 15 years ago.
The new enterprise-class chips can automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels, and speed data center transactions and customer database queries. They also will play a key role in scientific discoveries by researchers who use supercomputers as their foundation for research, all whilst delivering great energy efficiency for reduced electricity costs.
"The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series is the foundation for the next decade of innovation," said Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "These chips showcase groundbreaking advances in performance, virtualization and workload management, which will create opportunities to solve the world's most complex challenges and push the limits of science and technology."
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, previously codenamed "Nehalem-EP," offers several breakthrough technologies that radically improve system speed and versatility. Technologies such as Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, integrated power gates, and Next-Generation Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) improved through extended page tables, allow the system to adapt to a broad range of workloads. According to company, the new 5500 series of processors will enable a change in the Internet infrastructure, as an increasing number of users and companies will shift to the adoption of cloud computing. Thanks to the performance capabilities and power management features of Intel's new Xeon processors, major players in the IT industry will have the necessary tools to begin the development of cloud computing infrastructure.
In addition to this new technology, Intel's new Xeon processors have been designed to allow users to effectively reduce the system's idle power, thanks to the implementation of improved power management that adjusts the power of the processor so that it meets the requirements of the overall system.
The new server processors provide a range of frequency levels that peak at 2.93GHz with 1333MHz DDR3 memory and power levels that range between 60 and 95 watts. However, with the use of Intel's Turbo Boost Technology, these frequencies can go up as high as 3.33GHz, depending on processor and system configuration. Intel's new workstation CPU can go up to 3.20GHz with power levels of 130watts, while the Turbo Boost Technology can increase that to 3.46GHz, depending on workload. Each of Intel's new processors is featured with 8MB of L3 cache.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series ranges from 188 US dollars to 1600 US dollars in 1000 unit quantities.