Vendor launches new 32nm server processors, promising improvements in speed and energy consumption

Intel claims new server chips offer 60% performance boost

Intel has launched its latest range of server processors, which it claims offer 60 per cent greater performance compared to the last generation.

The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series is the first six-core embedded product from Intel, and can apparently replace 15 single-core servers with a single one.

Much of the speed and energy consumption increases have been attributed to the second-generation high-k metal gate transistors Intel has implemented into the new devices.

"The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series will be the backbone of mainstream computing environments," said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. "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."

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