Intel Corp. unveiled a new line of 64-bit Xeon MP processors at a Tuesday press conference aimed primarily at the midrange 4-way x86 server market, a move the company claims will pave the way toward increasing acceptance of multi-core technology and create a more affordable server market in general.
The announcement also sparked a wave of new servers or server upgrade announcements from several market leaders, including IBM, Unisys, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, and a Microsoft official said that final details of a long-expected 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 will be forthcoming within a couple of weeks.
The new Xeons, which comprise a platform the company is dubbing "Truland," cover a wide spectrum of price and performance zones, ranging from a 3.33 GHz offering with 8 MB L3 cache at just under $3,700 per processor to a 3.16 GHz processor with 1 MB L2 cache priced at $722, based on 1,000-unit or greater quantities. Intel also introduced a new chipset, the E8500, that Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger said should ready customers for the move to dual-core processor technology and midrange-based virtualization.
"This is really the completion of our move to the 64-bit platform," Gelsinger said. "It enables us to base our line on an industry-standard solution with multiprocessor platforms."
Between the two endpoint processors, Intel is also offering a 3.00 GHz with 8 MB L3 cache for $1,980; a 2.83 GHz with 4 MB L3 cache at $1,177; and a 3.66 GHz with 1 MB L2 cache for $963.