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Intel yesterday took the wraps off the 2.4GHz dualie Xeon, its fastest low-end server processor to date.

The part is manufactured on 300mm wafers, the first dualies to roll off this line, and built using 0.13micron technology. As Intel points out, this combo of bigger wafers and smaller die size means higher volume manufacturing at lower cost. The part is priced at $615, in 1000 unit quantities.

Spec? The clock speed, as you already know, is 2.4GHz; the chips incorporate 512K L2 cache, hyperthreading (Intel jargon for symmetric multi-threading) and Intel's bottleneck-busting Netburst architecture.

Intel's new E7500 chipset works with dual processing servers; the company says its 860 chipset is "available" for dual processing servers. And now to Xeon building blocks: Intel's got plenty of them, due out in coming months. These include new server boards and associated chassis "featuring dual Intel Xeon processors, PCI-X I/O, and DDR memory".

DDR memory is, of course, Intel's server memory of choice - but then it always was. Rambus RDRAM does not have the physical density which Intel wants in a fast memory module for servers. ®

Intel press release

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