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Intel Boosts Energy-Efficient Performance

Intel Boosts Energy-Efficient Performance With
First Dual-Core Low-Voltage Intel® Xeon® Processor

Intel Corporation is outfitting server, storage and telecommunications equipment makers with a new ingredient for squeezing more performance from space- and power-constrained environments.

It is the first low-voltage Intel Xeon processor to combine dual-core technology with Intel’s innovative power management capabilities, helping to boost energy-efficiency and up to two to four times the performance-per-watt of previous Intel Xeon processors and platforms.**

The need for raw computing performance has evolved into a drive for energy-efficient performance to meet people’s expanding demands – whether for smaller devices, lower cooling bills or better price/performance per watt.

Energy-efficient performance enables equipment manufacturers to optimally balance processing capabilities with power and space constraints to help meet those demands.

Intel is driving innovations in multi-core computing architectures through a combination of silicon, architecture, platform and software innovations to enable new levels of performance, capabilities and energy efficiency.

With total dissipated power (TDP) of 31 watts, the new low-voltage Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor is ideal for deployments requiring high compute density and power optimisation, including single-height (1U) chassis and blade servers, SAN and NAS solutions and network infrastructure equipment.

The new processor excels at handling demanding multi-threaded, multi-tasking applications such as high-performance computing and financial services.

“The low-voltage Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor’s combined enhancements in performance and energy efficiency enhancements, along with the efficient power and cooling design of IBM’s industry-leading BladeCenter,* deliver a leadership integer performance-per-watt solution,” said Doug Balog, vice president and business line executive, IBM BladeCenter.

“The new IBM BladeCenter Ultra Low Power HS20 blade* is a solid example of the innovation being brought to market through Intel and IBM’s blade collaboration.”

To accelerate time to market for telecommunications equipment makers and original equipment manufacturers, Intel also plans to introduce the AdvancedTCA-compliant Intel NetStructure® MPCBL0040 Single Board Computer (SBC). This new, high-density-compute SBC features two of the new low-voltage Intel Xeon processors, which equates to four high-performance cores per SBC.

With the performance boost of the new dual-core processor, the MPCBL0040 is expected to service far more transactions and subscribers per system than previous generation products, *** which can help significantly reduce the cost per subscriber and/or transaction and total cost of ownership.

This powerful processing capability, offered in the AdvancedTCA standard, is ideal for applications where transaction and subscriber load can increase dramatically in a very short time, such as IP Multimedia Services (IMS), Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and Wireless Control Plane applications.

“HP is helping operators and equipment providers take advantage of the trends that are reshaping the industry, such as the evolution toward open, modular networks, as well as blended, content-rich services and easy-to-use personal devices,” said Ananda Subbiah, vice president, worldwide solutions, Network and Service Provider Business, HP.

“The performance and innovation of Intel AdvancedTCA building blocks, combined with the comprehensive services and support of the HP Advanced Open Telecom Platform, are enabling customers to evolve their networks in the most strategic, cost-effective way.”

Intel is also planning to offer a blade server solution powered by up to two of the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors LV for ultra-dense, low-power environments where density is limited by power and cooling capabilities.

The Intel Server Compute Blade SBXD62 will enable server OEMs and resellers to offer their small- and medium-sized business customers a blade server platform to help reduce operational costs and extend IT resources through improved

price/performance per watt, operational efficiencies, deployment flexibility and simplified management.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor LV 2.0GHz and 1.66GHz are available from Intel now for US$423 and US$209 per unit, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. The Intel NetStructure MPCBL0040 Single Board Computer is expected to be available in the second quarter with an initial price from Intel of US$4,495 per unit.

The Intel Server Compute Blade SBXD62 is expected to ship in April with an initial price from Intel of US$945 per unit (price does not include processor, heat sink, memory or hard drive).**** For more information about low-voltage Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors and platforms, please visit

About Intel

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at

Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Xeon and Intel NetStructure are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

** Results are based on Intel pre-production platforms as measured against specific, previous-generation Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon processor-based platforms. Results will vary based on system type and configuration. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests.

Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. For performance benchmarking details, visit

*** As compared with the Intel NetStructure MPCBL0001 Single Board Computer.
**** Prices stated are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice. Such prices are not and should not be construed as a quote or an offer by Intel to sell any products at these prices.


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