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Intel rolls new dual-core, hyper-threaded processors

Posted: 03 Nov 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel  hyper-threaded processor 

Intel Corp. announced that they have started shipping its first dual-core, hyper-threaded processors for servers with four or more processors. According to the press release, the processors deliver record levels of performance and are optimal for multi-threaded applications such as database, supply chain management and financial services software.

"With a current installed base of over 30 million, Intel Xeon processor-based servers are the proven platform of choice," said Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's Server Platforms Group. "Intel's multi-core-based servers currently deliver record-breaking performance, including surpassing the $1 TPM-C barrier for database application price performance on a dual processor server for the first time."

The press release further said that the new processors are at the core of a record-setting four-processor server performance result recently published on the TPC-C benchmark. TPC-C simulates a complete computing environment where a population of users executes transactions against a database and measures the number of complete business operations that can be performed by the server.

The Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 7000 sequence, formerly codenamed "Paxville MP," is shipping with speeds up to 3GHz and a 667MHz dual, independent system bus. This processor will fit into existing platforms using the Intel E8500 chipset that was architected for dual-core and shipped earlier this year. In early 2006, Intel plans to ship new versions of the chipset and processor that will support an 800MHz dual, independent system bus.

The platform shipping today includes DDR2 Memory, PCI Express, advanced reliability features, and hardware-enabled support for Intel Virtualization Technology. The Virtualization Technology is designed to provide hardware support within the processor for virtualized server applications, providing enhanced functionality and workload support.

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