Intel Unveils Processors, Chipset For Embedded Market

The five 45-nanometer processors carry a seven-year support life cycle, instead of the standard five years.
Intel on Wednesday introduced five 45-nanometer processors and a chipset for the embedded market. In addition, the chipmaker is offering a seven-year support life cycle for the embedded processors, instead of the five years offered with previous products.

The new processors and the 5100 Memory Controller Hub chipset comprise the company's first 45-nanometer CPU platform for memory-intensive applications used in storage hardware and routers, as well as equipment in security, communications, and medicine. The platform is built for 200-watt maximum power specifications.

The latest chips include the dual-core Xeon E5240, E5220, and L5238, and the quad-core Xeon E5440 and L5408.

The L5408, in conjunction with the 5100 MCH chipset, delivers 67% more compute performance per watt than the previous platform comprised of a quad-core L5318 chip on the Intel 5000P chipset, said Doug Davis, VP and general manager of Intel's embedded and communications group. In addition, the 45-nanometer quad-core processors deliver a 22% performance gain over previous-generation chips within the same thermal profile.

Along with the new chips and chipset, Intel also introduced a rack-mounted server called the Carrier Grade Server TIGH2U. The new product is built to run high-end communication applications. In addition, Intel announced support for its quad-core Xeon 5400 series in its other communication rack-mounted servers, including the Carrier Grade Server TIGW1U, the IP Network Server NSW1U, and the IP Network Server NSC2U.

Prices for the new 45-nanometer processors range from $321 to $690. All are available today, with the exception of the dual-core L5238 at 35 watts, which is set to ship next month. The 5100 MCH chipset is available today, starting at $76.

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