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Xeon for workstations arrive early

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Intel has unveiled 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz Xeon processors for two-way workstations and server platforms a full quarter earlier than originally projected.

The processors, which feature 512KB of level two cache, are expected to appear in the US in workstations beginning this week, according to Intel Enterprise Processor marketing director Lisa Hambrick.

“We’re designing and manufacturing our enterprise products faster than anticipated and expect a number of OEMs and channel distributors to ship systems based on these products this week and throughout the year,” Hambrick said.

Dual-processing systems in workstation configurations are used for applications such as digital content creation, mechanical and electrical design, and 3D modelling.

Front-end or general-purpose Internet servers utilising one or two processors are used to address the infrastructure trend of ‘scaling out’, where companies are deploying more servers to accommodate growth in server workloads and allow for additional reliability and availability of space for redundant workloads, Hambrick said.

Intel senior VP Mike Fister also previewed upcoming enterprise developments, including the Granite Bay and Placer chipsets for uni- and dual-processor workstations respectively, and a server chipset codenamed Plumas 533.

These chipsets will feature a 533MHz system bus with dual channel DDR 266 memory (Granite Bay and Placer also have AGP 8X support) and are due in the fourth quarter of 2002 along with new Xeon processors for servers and workstations, Fister added.

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