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Intel bolsters entry-level server chip lineup

Intel's Nehalem platform is extending into more markets including entry -level servers and more mainstream consumer PCs.On Tuesday, Intel said that its Intel Core i5 processor family, two new Core i7 chips and a series of Xeon chips geared toward small businesses were now available.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Intel's Nehalem platform is extending into more markets including entry -level servers and more mainstream consumer PCs.

On Tuesday, Intel said that its Intel Core i5 processor family, two new Core i7 chips and a series of Xeon chips geared toward small businesses were now available. These chips were formerly code-named Lynnfield.

For small businesses, Intel has rolled out its 3400 and 3420 chipsets. The Xeon 3400 is expected to improve entry-level server performance. This line-up includes hyper-threading technology, power improvements and RAID storage features.

Until now, Xeon was geared to large enterprises. Tech economy watchers are betting that the combination of Intel's Nehalem platform along with Microsoft's Windows 7 can fuel a buying cycle.

Here's the rundown on Intel's latest:

And here's a CNet video talking about the consumer angle:

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