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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


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March 23, 2010 |

Xeon Processor 5600 Series Steps Into the Spotlight

Intel officially launches the new chipset, which features heightened security and performance features.

Intel Corp. launched its energy-efficient Xeon Processor 5600 series this week.

The new processors deliver two new security features: Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT). The company says the security features “enable faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments.”†

According to Intel, the new processors are the company’s first server and workstation chips based on its new 32nm logic technology. This technology uses Intel’s second-generation high-K metal gate transistors to increase speed and decrease energy consumption.

The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series supports up to six cores per processor and delivers up to 60 percent greater performance than the 45nm Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. In a press release to EH Publishing, Intel states, “Data centers can replace 15 single-core servers with a single new one.”

Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Architecture Group, says the Xeon Processor 5600 series will be “the backbone of mainstream computing environments” going forward. “New security capabilities will boost the confidence of IT managers. Improvements in performance, server virtualization, and power consumption will foster productivity and efficiency for a broad range of applications ranging from data transactions to workstations, performing medical imaging and digital prototyping.”

Some of the features to which Skaugen refers include:

  • Enhanced Security–The Xeon Processor 5600 includes Intel AES-NI, a new set of instructions first introduced with the new 2010 Intel Core processor family. These instructions accelerate AES performance to enable faster data encryption and decryption for a wide range of applications, such as database encryption features, full disk encryption, and secure internet transactions. Moreover, Intel TXT will provide added security that cloud environments. Hardware-based capabilities integrated into the processor shield against malicious software.
  • EnergyEfficient Performance–Such technologies such as Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading and Virtualization adjust to the performance requirements of users. The frequency-optimized quad-core version of the Xeon Processor 5600 peaks at 3.46 GHz with a TDP of 130 watts, while the six-core version reaches 3.33 GHz with a TDP of 130 watts. Advanced six-core versions will top out at 2.93 GHz and TDP of 95 watts, and the standard quad-core processor will reach 2.66 GHz at 80 watts. Low voltage versions of the chip will have TDPs as low as 60 watts and 40 watts and feature six and four cores respectively.

The Xeon Processor 5600 series in price from $387 to $1,663 in quantities of 1,000.

In addition to enterprise-class processors, Intel launched this week three unique processors for the embedded computing segment, including the first six-core processors, the Intel Xeon E5645 and L5638, the quad-core L5618, and E5620 processors. These processors, featuring 7-year lifecycle support, are built for thermally constrained and robust communications environments and will route applications more quickly and efficiently between connected devices.

Intel also announced availability of the new Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition, the company’s first 32nm, six-core processor with 12 computing threads for client applications. Offering performance for digital content creation, 3-D rendering, multitasking, and hardcore gaming, the new Intel Core i7-980X is drop-in compatible with most existing Intel X58 Express chipset-based motherboards.

Running at 3.33 GHz, the Intel Core i7-980X is overclocking-enabled to provide flexibility to advanced users who want to adjust their speed settings. It has 12 MB of Intel Smart Cache, 50 percent more than the current Intel flagship desktop processor.

The E5645, L5638, and L5618 embedded processors are priced at $958, $958 and $530, respectively, in quantities of 1,000. The Intel Core i7-980X is priced at $999 in 1000-unit quantities.

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