Can Intel Retain Lead with Woodcrest?

Intel on Monday rolled out its newest dual-core Xeon processor, known by its code-name "Woodcrest" and branded the 5100 series. The chip will serve to help battle increasing competition from rival AMD, which has made major strides in the server market with its Opteron processors. Woodcrest is targeted at the server market with a design […]

Intel on Monday rolled out its newest dual-core Xeon processor, known by its code-name "Woodcrest" and branded the 5100 series. The chip will serve to help battle increasing competition from rival AMD, which has made major strides in the server market with its Opteron processors.

Woodcrest is targeted at the server market with a design that focuses on power efficiency. The chip offers a 40 percent power reduction while providing performance improves of up to 135 percent, Intel claims. The 5100 is based on Intel's 65-nanometer process, and is compatible with the current "Bensley" Xeon platform already in use.

With speeds of up to 3.0 GHz and a 1333 MHz front-side bus, the 5100 is powered by Intel's Core 2 Duo microarchitecture and utilizes only 80 watts of power. A 2.33 GHz version is expected to arrive in the third quarter requiring just 40 watts. By using less power, more servers can be put in the same space, keeping costs down. Continue reading for more info…

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