Intel finally looks set to carry its Core processor architecture to midrange and high-end servers with the release of a new Xeon code-named Tigerton.
The chip maker today revealed that the Tigerton chip will officially be sold as the Quad-Core Xeon 7300 series and will rely on the 7300 chipset – code-named Clarksboro. The fresh Xeon should provide twice the performance of its NetBurst-based predecessor. The fastest version of the Xeon 7300 will arrive at 2.93GHz, and Intel will sell a low-voltage part that chews through 50W. (Add the chipset and chip together, and you get the “Caneland” platform – for what it’s worth.)
Customers started receiving seed systems in June. Intel will ramp into whole-hog mode sometime during the third quarter.
Intel hopes the new MP or multi-processor flavor of Xeon will help it compete against AMD’s Opteron chip, which has shown strong performance in large boxes. The MP chips typically run in four-socket and higher servers, which make up a small part of overall x86 system sales. That said, the four-socket gear does command higher selling prices, making it attractive to large server vendors.
The MP line is the last to move over to Intel’s revamped Core architecture that places a much stronger emphasis on performance per watt. Intel may have revamped the MP chips a bit sooner were it not for the struggles of its Indian-based design team.
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