Intel unveils Tigerton quad-core chip

Chip giant launches Caneland platform comprising the Tigerton quad-core server chip and Clarksboro chipset for the multi-processor server market.
Written by Lynn Tan @ Redhat, Contributor

Intel has launched its new line of quad-core Xeon products for the multi-processor (MP) server market.

Codename Caneland, its much-awaited Xeon MP 7300 server platform comprises the new "Tigerton" quad-core Xeon 7300 series chip, as well as the "Clarksboro" 7300 chipset.

Adesh Gupta, regional platform architecture manager for Server Platform Group at Intel Asia-Pacific, told ZDNet Asia in an interview that the new products are designed for MP servers--systems with between four and 32 CPUs--that run software like enterprise resource planning, and applications in virtualized environments for server consolidation.

Caneland completes the chip maker's transition to the Core Microarchitecture, its latest chip design adopted across its PC and server processors.

Available in six iterations, the 65-nanometer Tigerton chip is said to deliver more than double the performance and more than triple the performance per watt ratio over Intel's previous generation dual-core products.

Comparing Tigerton to the existing Xeon 7100 processor series, Gupta said: "This new Xeon 7300 processor has got some significant innovations…[such as] data traffic optimizations which help accelerate the data in the server itself, to such an extent that we're seeing performance gain of over two times and performance gain under virtualization of 2.5 times."

Other new features include a four-fold increase in memory footprint on the platforms, compared to existing platforms, Gupta said. "We are supporting 256GB memory on a single four CPU platform, compared to the 64GB of memory before," he noted.

The Xeon 7300 series line of products includes frequencies of up to 2.93GHz at 130 watts, several 80-watt processors and a 50-watt version optimized for four socket blades and high-density rack form factors with a frequency of 1.86GHz, Intel said.

The new Caneland platform is compatible with the next generation of multicore processors that Intel plans to introduce in 2008, based on the 45-nanometer processor technology codename Dunnington, Gupta noted.

Server manufacturers including Hewlett-Packard are expected to announce product offerings based on the new Caneland platform this week.

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Intel launched its first quad-core processors in November last year, and has claimed to have shipped over one million units worldwide within three quarters of its introduction.

Rumor has it that Intel will announce its second generation of quad-core chips code named Penryn in November, while rival AMD's first 65-nanometer quad-core server chip, the much-delayed Barcelona, is expected to arrive next week.

According to Intel, the Penryn processors--based on its 45-nanometer manufacturing process with high-k metal gate transistors--will have up to 820 million transistors and a die size of 107 millimeter squared. The company plans to have four 45-nanometer chip plants up and running by the middle of 2008.

The chip maker also revealed that it will ship its Nehalem family of processors in 2008 and plans to introduce its 32-nanometer manufacturing process in 2009.

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