Intel introduced the first low–voltage Intel Xeon processor to combine dual–core technology with its power management capabilities.
With total dissipated power (TDP) of 31 watts, the new low–voltage Dual–Core Intel Xeon processor is meant for deployments requiring high compute density and power optimization, including single–height (1U) chassis and blade servers, SAN and NAS solutions, and network infrastructure equipment.
To accelerate time to market for telecommunications equipment makers and original equipment manufacturers, Intel also plans to introduce the AdvancedTCA–compliant Intel NetStructure MPCBL0040 Single Board Computer (SBC). This new, high–density–compute SBC features two of the new low–voltage Intel Xeon processors, which equates to four high–performance cores per SBC.
Intel is also planning to offer a blade server solution powered by up to two of the new Dual–Core Intel Xeon processors LV for ultra–dense, low–power environments where density is limited by power and cooling capabilities. The Intel Server Compute Blade SBXD62 will enable server OEMs and resellers to offer their small– and medium–sized business customers a blade server platform to help reduce operational costs and extend IT resources through improved price/performance/watt, operational efficiencies, deployment flexibility and simplified management.
The Dual–Core Intel Xeon processor LV 2.0 GHz and 1.66 GHz are available from Intel now for $423 and $209 per unit, respectively, in 1,000–unit quantities. The Intel NetStructure MPCBL0040 Single Board Computer is expected to be available in the second quarter with an initial price from Intel of $4,495 per unit. The Intel Server Compute Blade SBXD62 is expected to ship in April with an initial price from Intel of $945 per unit (price does not include processor, heat sink, memory or hard drive).
Tyan introduced the Thunder K8QE (S4885) – a workstation and server motherboard unlike any other.
Thunder K8QE (S4885) uses between four and eight AMD Opteron 200 series processors with dual core and AMD64 technology. Other features of this motherboard include:
Supermicro has announced the availability of its new line of low-voltage Intel Xeon processor-based server solutions. Based on the Super X6DLP-4G2 and X6DLP-EG2 serverboards designed for the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor LV 2GHz and LV 1.66GHz with 2M L2 cache, Supermicro has introduced three new SuperServers, the 6014L-M4, 6014L-T and 6014L-M, which leverage its new line of low-power optimized chassis.
The SuperServer 6014L-M4 features the X6DLP-4G2 serverboard in a compact (less than 20-inch depth) chassis with low power consumption. Based on the E7520 chipset, this server leverages up to 16GB of ECC registered DDRII memory and supports both PCI-X and PCI-Express cards via a universal expansion slot. It also supports four hot-swappable Ultra320 SCSI drive bays with SAF-TE and has two onboard PCI-Express Gigabit LAN ports. The SuperServer 6014L-M4 is optimized for the consumer and channel market to meet end-users' demand for low-power, high-performance computing (HPC).
To round out Supermicro's new line of low-power servers, the SuperServers 6014L-T and 6014L-M are both powered by a 260-watt power supply and the X6DLP-EG2 serverboard, which is optimized for SATA or IDE hard drives. The 6014L-M, with a depth of 14 inches, is optimized for shallow racks and supports one fixed drive bay, a slim CD-ROM and two front-side USB ports. The 6014L-T supports two hot-swap SATA drive bays and comes standard with a CD-ROM and floppy drive. Like the SuperServer 6014L-M4, these two servers also feature a universal expansion slot, two PCI-Express Gigabit LAN ports and support for up to 16GB of DDRII memory.
Supermicro's lineup of low-power optimized 1U chassis products includes the SC811LF-260, SC813MS-300C, and SC512LF-260. These chassis feature improved energy-saving, low noise fans.
Fujitsu Computer Systems announced the PRIMERGY BX630 8-socket blade server powered by dual-core AMD Opteron processors. Fujitsu claims to be the first major vendor to deliver a standard-architecture 8-socket, dual-core blade server system, offering increased density and scalability with lower power and space requirements.
The 8-socket PRIMERGY blade server enables all components of an enterprise infrastructure — from network edge devices to backend databases — to be housed in a single blade server chassis. Individual blades can then be upgraded to more powerful servers as needed.
AMD Opteron-based PRIMERGY BX630 8-socket blade servers can be installed in the current PRIMERGY BX600 chassis and mixed with existing Intel Xeon based PRIMERGY BX620 S2 blade servers and PRIMERGY BX630 2-socket blade servers, enabling customers to select the best technology for specific businesses and applications.
The AMD Opteron architecture features AMD's HyperTransport interconnect that makes it possible to link two PRIMERGY BX630 2-socket blades into a single 4-socket blade, and then link two of these 4-socket blade into a single PRIMERGY BX630 8-socket blade. Packed with dual-core AMD Opteron processors, the system becomes a 16-core powerhouse, giving customers the flexibility to move high-end applications and database processing to the PRIMERGY BX600 blade platform.
The PRIMERGY BX630 8-socket server will be available during the second quarter of 2006. The PRIMERGY BX630 blade pricing starts below $2250 in a 2-socket configuration. An 8-socket PRIMERGY BX630 blade is priced below $36,000.
Source: Fujitsu Computer Systems
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