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Intel Releases Workstation Xeons

Intel Corp. this week began shipments of its post-Pentium III generation of Xeon processors, named, simply enough, Intel Xeons.

The shorter name replaces the old naming model of Intel Pentium II Xeon and Intel Pentium III Xeon. Like the Pentium IV, the new Intel Xeons are based on Intel's MicroBurst microarchitecture, which provides a jump in bus speed to 400 MHz from the 100-MHz bus in Intel's previous architecture. Xeon processors are targeted at high-performance workstations and servers.

This first batch is targeted at one- and two-processor workstations. It will ship at frequencies of 1.4 GHz, 1.5 GHz and 1.7 GHz. Server versions will ship sometime later.

Pricing for each chip in 1,000-unit quantities is $268 for 1.4 GHz, $309 for 1.5 GHz and $406 for 1.7 GHz.

Also this week, Intel introduced five low-power processors for light laptops. Two are Pentium III processors and three are Celeron processors. The chips range in clockspeed from 600 MHz to 800 MHz, and the Pentium III versions feature Intel's SpeedStep technology, which detects when AC power is not available and reduces clockspeed and power consumption accordingly.

The announcements this week deal with 32-bit processors. Intel is expected to formally unveil its overdue 64-bit Itanium processors next week.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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