Intel has launched a family of server processors that includes its first six-core chips. The Xeon 7400s are the last of the company's Penryn chip family before the shift to a new processor architecture called Nehalem later this year.
The company said the chips, which are compatible with existing Xeon 7300 series platforms and the 7300 chipset, offer memory capacity of up to 256 GB, frequencies of up to 2,66 GHz, and power levels starting at 50 W. The lowest voltage six-core processor is 65 W.
It said servers based on the series are expected to be announced by 50 system manufacturers including Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM, Sun, and Unisys. The processors are supported by software vendors including Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, SAP, and VMware.