Intel yesterday refreshed its Xeon processor line with the aim of grabbing more mission critical workloads.
With the upgrade, Intel is aiming at RISC architecture and aim. On a conference call, Intel executives talked up the Xeon's performance gains at a good price.
In a statement, Intel pitched the Xeon E7-8800/4800/2800 families as designed for business intelligence, analytics and virtualisation workloads and datacentre overhauls.
Among the key details:
The new Xeon line supports up to 10 cores with a 40 per cent performance gain from the previous version.
Energy efficiency is improved.
35 systems will be available with the new E7 family.
The processor family includes 18 new processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers and can be expanded to 256 sockets.
In the consolidation game, Intel said 18 dual-core servers can be replaced with one E-7 server.
Intel's E7-8870, E7-4870 and E7-2870 reach 2.4GHz with a TDP (Thermal Design Point) of 130 watts.
Server manufacturers ranging from Cisco to Dell to HP to IBM and Lenovo are all planning E-7 system launches.
As for the price, the E-7 family of processors will range from US$774 to US$4616 in quantities of 1000. The E3-1200 family will range from US$189 to US$612 in quantities of 1000. Australian pricing has yet to be announced.
The list of processors (Screenshot by Larry Dignan/ZDNet US)