Feeds

Intel to ship 'Potomac' Xeon MP this month

64-bit, 8MB L3 cache monster joined by E8500 chipset

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

Intel will ship its 'Potomac' 64-bit Xeon MP processor on 29 March, bundling it with the 'Twin Castle' E8500 chipset into a server platform the company has codenamed 'Truland'.

The chip maker announced mid-February that it would ship Potomac "within 90 days", but the more specific launch date comes courtesy of a Techworld report.

The updated Xeon MP processor will contain 8MB of L3 cache, up from the 4MB offered by the current top-of-the-range model, and run at a clock speed of 3.33GHz. That in turn suggests the part will update the current Xeon MP frontside bus speed from 400MHz.

Indeed, the E8500 chipset supports a twin 667MHz bus, Intel has said, the better to cope with future multi-core processors. It is believed to contain a memory controller divorced from the North Bridge, the better to facilitate speedy support for faster memory technologies in the future. At launch E8500 will support 400MHz DDR 2 SDRAM with ECC. It will also provide a PCI Express bus.

Potomac will ship alongside 'Cranford', a cheaper version of the product, equipped with 1MB of L2 cache and designed to fill the gap between two-way Xeon DP-based systems and four-way Xeon MP servers.

Techworld's use of the Truland codename is interesting. At Intel Developer Forum earlier this month, the chip maker disclosed the existence of Truland as a Xeon MP platform sure enough, but said it would feature the 'Paxville' processor - its first dual-core Xeon MP, due to be launched later this year but shipping in volume in Q1 2006. Presumably, Intel is now positioning Truland as a broader Xeon MP platform. ®

Related stories

Intel nears India fab decision - report
Intel preps Truland, Bensley Xeon platforms
Intel confirms Itanium has a future
Intel to ship dual-core Xeon MP in Q1 06
Intel ships 2MB cache 64-bit Xeon

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything
Enter credit card details if you want that system you bought to actually be useful
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.