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Intel Tops Off 64-Bit Server Platform Portfolio

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Intel Tops Off 64-Bit Server Platform Portfolio

Intel Corporation today added to its portfolio of 64-bit offerings with a platform that increases application performance, improves server uptime and the ability to manage large sets of data and can lower utility costs. Targeted at the mid-tier enterprise market segment, the platform consists of five new processors for servers that use four or more processors and a new chipset.

The platform, codenamed ‘Truland,’ includes 64-bit Intel® Xeon™ processors MP (multiprocessor) that span value to performance configurations and the Intel E8500 chipset. Architected for dual-core technology, the new chipset prepares customers for the forthcoming transition to multiple cores and new innovations such as Intel Virtualisation Technology.

“This year, Intel celebrates ten years in the multiprocessor server market segment that began with the Intel Pentium® processor and today adds a sixth generation of the Intel Xeon processor MP,” said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. “Over the past ten years, Intel has helped to fundamentally change the mid-tier server market segment from expensive, proprietary machines, to affordable, powerful and innovative servers based on standards. Intel has played a leading role in delivering leading edge performance and innovation at superior value.”

For the first time in any MP server platform, Intel has combined Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology1, PCI Express, DDR2-400 Memory and Demand Based Switching with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology. Collectively, these features help to expand memory addressability, increase server performance and improve reliability.

The 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP has price/performance advantages for mid-tier enterprise applications, such as supply chain management, enterprise resource management, customer relationship management and small and medium business databases. The platform complements Intel Xeon processors for dual-processor servers - which target applications such as web and email servers - and Intel Itanium® processors that target proprietary and costly RISC-based servers that run applications such as large databases and high performance computing areas.

“Working with companies such as Intel, Microsoft is committed to enabling customers with the best price/performance software platform in the industry, leveraging innovations such as the new Intel Xeon processor MP and dual-core technology,” said Andy Lees, corporate vice president of Server and Tools Marketing and Solutions, Microsoft Corp. “With Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions, Microsoft is delivering a single platform that will provide high-performance benefits for existing 32-bit applications, plus breakthrough performance and scalability for 64-bit applications. This is part of our work with Intel to deliver the largest portfolio of 64-bit offerings across a broad spectrum of hardware – from the desktop up to enterprise servers.”

These new platforms are ready to take advantage of the Intel Software Network, which Intel also announced today http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20050329net.htm. The Intel Software Network provides development tools, training and advice for corporate and independent software developers building application for 64-bits, multi-core architectures and other future Intel platform technologies. For more information on the network or how to join, go to www.intel.com/software.

The 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP platform delivers performance increases up to 70 percent across a range of enterprise and scientific applications over the previous generation Intel Xeon processor MP.2 The platform is available with up to 8MB of Level 3 (L3) cache, a memory reservoir that helps to improve performance.

The Intel E8500 chipset has a 667MHz dual, independent front side bus and is designed with 10.6GBs of system bandwidth, more than three times the bandwidth of the previous generation. These and other features provide the infrastructure to support forthcoming dual-core
Intel Xeon processors MP including ‘Paxville,’ currently planned for the first quarter of 2006.

A wide range of 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP systems ranging from four-way blade, rack and pedestal servers up to systems with 32-processors inside are currently expected to be available from leading manufacturers worldwide including Egenera, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, HCL Infosystems, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Kraftway, Langchao, Lenovo, NEC, Maxdata, Samsung, Stratus, Supermicro, Tyan, Toshiba, Unisys and Wipro. In addition, Intel currently plans to make available a rack and pedestal Intel Xeon processor MP server platform for systems builders and product integrators.

Current Intel Price List3
Performance Processors Price in 1,000 unit quantities
64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.33GHz with 8MB L3 cache US$3692
64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.00GHz with 8MB L3 cache 1980
64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 2.83GHz with 4MB L3 cache 1177
Value Processors
64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.66GHz with 1MB L2 cache US$963
64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP 3.16GHz with 1MB L2 cache 722

Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

*Other brands may be claimed as property of others. Intel, Itanium and Intel Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

1 64-bit Intel Xeon processors with Intel EM64T requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, OS, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel EM64T. Processor will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel EM64T-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Intel EM64T-enabled OS, BIOS, device drivers and applications may not be available. Check with your vendor for more information.

2 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. Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information see www.intel.com/performance

3 The stated prices are provided for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice. They are not to be construed as a quote or an offer from Intel to sell at these prices.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT

“The advent of scale-out computing in the data centre using standards-based platforms has vaulted Dell to be the lead provider of x86-based servers in the U.S. The Dell PowerEdge 6800 and 6850 feature Intel's new 64-bit Xeon processors and provide affordable access to the most powerful technology for database and server consolidation environments.”

Quotee: Paul Gottsegen
Title: Vice president
Dell Enterprise Product Group
Company: Dell


“As the market share leader in the MP space, customers choose HP ProLiant 2.5 to 1 over the nearest competitor. The introduction of the next generation HP ProLiant DL580 and ML570 servers based on the new 64-bit Intel Xeon processors MP underscores HP’s commitment of investing in innovations which offer customers an unmatched combination of performance, price:performance, scalability, enterprise availability and management across our server portfolio to best achieve their business goals.”

Quotee: Brad Anderson
Title: Senior Vice president
general manager
Industry Standard Servers
Company: Hewlett Packard

“Today we’ve added three new industry-leading benchmarks using Intel’s new 64-bit Xeon processors MP with the IBM eServer xSeries 366. Early customer reaction to our new X3 architecture-based, four processor server confirms that the market is ready to deploy mid-tier application servers based on scale up Intel Xeon processor MP technology.”

Quotee: Susan Whitney
Title: General manager
IBM eServer xSeries
Company: IBM


“The introduction of the 64-bit Intel Xeon processor MP is another example of Intel’s price/performance advantages over the expensive, proprietary Unix/RISC-based model of data-centre computing. With this breakthrough technology, Intel is forging an intelligent path for customers of today’s predominantly 32-bit enterprise applications to explore the scalability and performance benefits of 64-bit computing. Standardisation is indeed the computing industry’s trend of the decade.”
Quotee: Mark Feverston
Title: Vice president
Enterprise Server Marketing
Company: Unisys

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