Intel unveils new server chips Quad-Core Xeon 5500 Processor

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Intel has taken the wraps off a new quad-core Xeon 5500 processor that the chipmaker is calling its most important server product launch since the Pentium Pro came to market in 1995.

"Simply put, the Xeon 5500 is a technological marvel -- the most spectacular processor that Intel has ever produced and that the industry has ever seen," said Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger.

More than 100 applications were released Monday that have been optimized for the new Xeon chip, which is based on Intel's Nehalem microarchitecture. "This is the most that Intel has ever had for a server launch," Gelsinger said.

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Intel showcases the latest Xeon 5500 processor series based on the Nehalem microarchitecture, the same one built on the Core i7 desktop processor. Despite having four separate cores, Intel says the Xeon 5500 is the most efficient among the Xeon line.

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