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IDF Fall 2008 Update (Part 1)

IDF Fall 2008 Update (Part 1)



New Xeons and Quad-Core for Laptops

New Xeon processors and New Records

At Gelsinger's keynote this morning, the new 6-core Intel Xeon processor for expandable servers was also announced. The new Dunnington processor features Intel's latest 45nm process technology and it comes with six cores all built into one single silicon die. The new Intel Xeon 7400 series comes with a large 16MB L3 cache and it is slated to ship in September this year.

An eight socket IBM System x3950 M2 server equipped with the new processor shattered the previous TPC Benchmark C with a score of 1,200,632 tpmC at $1.99/tpmC.


Notebooks Get Performance Boost

Intel today announced the availability of the first mobile quad-core processors known as the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 and Intel Core 2 Quad QX9100. The extreme version is the highest performing processor available for the mobile platform running at 2.53MHz with a 1066MHz FSB and 12MB L2 cache while the QX9100 runs at 2.26GHz. The extreme edition is similar to the desktop version, with its multiplier removed for those who want to boost its performance via overclocking.

Notebooks and laptops will also get another big performance boost from new Intel solid state drives later this year. Intel will be releasing new 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drives (SSD) which promises to give users an added boost to their storage subsystem's I/O. Besides just faster loading and writing times, Intel's SSD will also reduce power consumption of laptops and in certain cases, Intel claims it will save up to 30 minutes in battery life. Intel's SSDs are based on their multi-level cell flash memory technology coupled with their own proprietary controller which gives it higher data throughput as compared to other competing SSDs out in the market today. Intel's solid-state drives have already begun sampling will begin production in September. Initial samples are at 80GB in capacity, with 160GB versions slated for Q4 this year.

The following SSDs are announced today :-

Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA SSDs

  • up to 250MB/s sustained read
  • up to 70MB/s sustained write
  • 0.15W active power, 0.06W idle power
  • 5+ years useful life (based on 100GB/day workload)


Intel X25-E Extreme SATA SSD

  • 10 channel architecture with 50nm SLC (single level cell) ONFI 1.0 NAND
  • up to 250MB/s sustained read
  • up to 170MB/s sustained write
  • 2.4W active power, 0.06W idle power
  • 2 million hours MTBF