In the new age of live blogging, Engadget and several other sites are providing just-in-time coverage of the Steve Jobs' opening keynote. Ryan Block and team at Engadget are posting pictures and providing the play-by-play. As predicted, Apple unveiled new Mac Pro systems based on Intel's Woodcrest chip.
Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller: The brand new Mac Pro will be based on Intel's Xeon chips, also known as Woodcrest. Based on Core 2 microarchitecture. Run at speeds up to 3 GHz and include 4 MB shared L2 cache. 127-bit vector engine that's even faster than the Veloocity Engine. And they're 64-bit If you compare the performance/watt, you see up to 3x performance per watt than we got in the G5. It's an amazing processor to put in our products, but in every Mac Pro we're going to put two of them. Comparison: G5 quad to Xeon quad. From 54 to 115 increase, 2.1x. From 48 to 76, 1.6x increase. 4.8 to 7.6 From 1.5 to 1.8x faster with applications.