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Intel rolls out eco-friendly Xeon processors

Posted: 10 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:45nm  Xeon processors  halogen-free  dual processor platforms 

Claiming a step towards minimising the environmental footprint of its products, Intel Corp. has rolled out four halogen-free 45nm Xeon processors and said all previously launched versions of the Xeon 5200 and 5400 series will now be halogen-free.

The new Xeons are drop-in compatible with existing Intel dual processor platforms that have been in the market since 2006, Intel said.

The halogen-free chips include three new quad-core Xeon 5400 series processors such as X5492, X5470 and L5430. The fastest, the X5492, boasts a clock speed of 3.4GHz, according to Intel. The low voltage L5430 draws only 50W of power, or just 12.5W per core, the company said.

The fourth chip, the X5270, is a dual-core Xeon that runs as low as 80W with frequencies as high as 3.5GHz, Intel said.

Intel said the processors achieve new heights in energy efficiency, thanks to their 45nm implementation and transistors that use a hafnium-based high-k metal gate formula.

Systems vendors supporting these new processors including Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Gigabyte, HP, IBM, Microstar, NEC, Quanta, Rackable Systems Inc., Sun Microsystems, Supermicro, Tyan and Verari Systems, Intel said.

The new 5400 series processors are available now, while the X5270 will be available this fall, Intel said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times

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