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Intel To Unveil Low-Power, High-Performance Processors

Intel is reducing the heat on system builders with a new processor road map that includes cooler, low-watt chips aimed at providing data-center energy savings and longer battery life to notebook systems.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini this week at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) will take the wraps off the 31-watt Xeon dual-core server processor, code-named Sossaman, which brings Intel’s notebook CPU technology into the data center, sources said. Sossaman is slated to be widely available in servers in the first half of next year.

Current Intel server processors can run as high as 200 watts, with some low-voltage chips, built with Intel Netburst Architecture, running as low as 55 watts. The new architecture will ratchet down the voltage throughout the product line without sacrificing performance. In the past, Intel has faced criticism from a number of system builders for the high heat dissipation from some of its processors.

Otellini, who is presiding over his first IDF since taking the helm in May, is also expected to spill more details on Yonah, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant’s dual-core Pentium mobile processor that is to double notebook battery life to 8 hours from 4 hours, sources said. Yonah is slated to be widely available in the first quarter.

System builders said the cost savings that come with the deployment of the new low-watt Sossaman servers will help them sell data center upgrades. Furthermore, they said, the extended battery life also will spark upgrades from road warriors frustrated by current battery limits.

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