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Intel's 'Woodcrest' to clock at 2.93GHz

'Whitmore Lake' system logic for Xeon ULV, too

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Intel is set to ship its 'Woodcrest' processor, the first 65nm Xeon chip to be based on the chip giant's next-generation architecture, will ship at 2.93GHz and boast a 1333MHz frontside bus, a purported copy of the company's server roadmap posted on a Chinese-language website claims.

Woodcrest will run on top of Intel's 'Blackford' chipset, a part the company announced some time ago. It hasn't, so far as we can recall, mentioned 'Whitmore Lake', which appears on HKEPC's posting alongside the upcoming Xeon ULV, the low-voltage version of 'Sossaman', itself derived from Intel's Core Duo mobile processor.

The Xeon ULV will debut in H2, the roadmap indicates, and be supported by Whitmore Lake and Intel's existing E7520. Whitmore Lake will also support older low-voltage Pentium M parts pitched at ultra-dense servers.

Interestingly, the document claims Intel will also ship Sossaman under the Celeron brand. If accurate the roadmap suggests Intel plans to use the budget chip brand to push low-cost, dense server systems. Again, this is due to take place in H2.

A separate image, possibly taken from another slide, claims Woodcrest will ship using an LGA-771 socket. The picture also indicates the Xeon ULV will clock at 1.66GHz across a 667MHz frontside bus. The forum poster alleged the chip will consume up to 15W at that speed. ®

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