New Intel Xeon Processors Ship for Dual Processing Systems At 2.8 and 2.6 Gigahertz; Faster Bus Speeds, New Server and Workstation Chipsets Due Later This Year

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2002 -- Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor for two-way workstation and server platforms at 2.80 gigahertz (GHz) and 2.60 GHz. The new products, which are coming to market a quarter earlier than originally planned, feature 512 kilobyte (KB) of level two cache and built on Intel's industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology.
    "Intel Xeon processor-based platforms continue to lead the industry in terms of performance and value, and we're seeing great momentum for our platforms worldwide," said Lisa Hambrick, director, Intel Enterprise Processor Marketing. "We're designing and manufacturing our enterprise products faster than anticipated and expect a number of OEMs and channel distributors to ship systems based on these products this week and throughout the year."
    In workstation configurations, dual-processing systems are popular for applications such as digital content creation, mechanical and electrical design, financial analysis, and 3D modeling. Technical or High performance Computing solutions can also benefit from the improved performance. A number of manufacturers will begin shipping workstations based on the new processor speeds beginning this week.
    Front-end or general-purpose Internet servers, featuring one or two processors, are used for Web hosting, data caching, search engines, security and streaming media applications. These cost-effective Intel-based servers address the infrastructure trend of "scaling out," where companies and service providers quickly deploy more servers to accommodate growth in server workloads and allow for redundant workloads for additional reliability and availability.
    The Intel(R) 860 chipset for dual processing Xeon processor-based workstations is available for these systems. The chipset utilizes RDRAM and provides the graphics support high performance workstations need, with a dedicated AGP 4X port. The Intel E7500 chipset is also available for dual-processing servers.
    The Intel Xeon processor with 512 KB level two Advanced Transfer Cache is priced at $562 in 1,000-unit quantities for 2.80 GHz and $433 in 1,000-unit quantities for 2.60 GHz.

    Faster System Bus, New Chipsets Coming Later This Year

    In his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum this week, Senior Vice President Mike Fister gave a preview of what's coming later this year for the enterprise, including chipsets codenamed Granite Bay and Placer for uni-processor and dual-processor workstations, respectively, and a server chipset (Plumas 533).
    These chipsets will feature a 533 MHz system bus for even greater server and workstation performance with dual channel DDR 266 memory (Granite Bay and Placer also have AGP 8X support) and are due in the fourth quarter 2002 along with new Intel Xeon processors for servers and workstations.

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