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 Intel Readies "Jasper Forest" Xeon Processors
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Message Text: Intel is ready to ship its Xeon processor C5500/C3500 series (code name "Jasper Forest") for embedded, storage and communication applications in the coming weeks.

The Intel Xeon processor C5500/C3500 series delivers the performance provided by the Intel microarchitecture codenamed Nehalem. It represents a leap forward in Intel Xeon processor technology by lowering power and increasing performance- per-watt through the integration of I/O into the processor.

PCI Express lanes, typically found in the I/O hub, are integrated into the processors,eliminating the need for a separate I/O hub chip. This decreases the total chip count by one and saves on overall system power. These processors also incorporate non-transparent bridging, hardware RAID and asynchronous DRAM self-refresh?new features required by many embedded,communications and storage applications including wireless infrastructure, routers, IPTV, military, security, VoIP, NAS and SAN.



The Intel Xeon processor C5500/C3500 series delivers up to a 1.9x increase in performance-per-watt (within the same thermal design power [TDP]) over the previous-generation Intel Xeon processor 5400 series. This new series offers high scalability within the Intel Xeon processor product line, with singlecore to quad-core options ranging from 23W to 85W. They are available in both uni-processor or dual-processor configurations for maximum flexibility. The Intel Celeron processor P1053, provides the same new features and performanceper- watt benefits for systems that do not require RAS memory features (i.e., scrubbing, sparing and mirroring).

Many of these processors feature Intel QuickPath Technology, Intel Turbo Boost Technology and Intel Hyper-Threading Technology to deliver high performance for bandwidth-intensive applications. Processors also feature Intel Virtualization Technology for flexible virtualization.

The Intel Xeon processor C5500/C3500 series and Intel Celeron processor P1053 are paired with the Intel 3420 chipset, a single-chip platform controller hub offering 12 USB 2.0 ports, six SATA ports and eight PCI Express 2.0 lanes.

Gigabyte and Trenton Systems are currnetly adopting the chips for use in their products.

 
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