Intel also unveiled a key optical design win with Emulex Corporation and a new compiler for storage applications.
Intel introduced the 64 bit-capable Low Voltage Intel® Xeon™ Processor 2.8 GHz with 800 MHz System Bus, which is aimed specifically at storage applications, such as controllers for storage networks. The new processor features Intel EM64T to extend memory addressability of storage systems beyond 4 Gigabytes that eliminates performance penalties associated with large storage applications, such as data base programs.
"The performance price being paid for the 4GB barrier today is particularly onerous for the storage industry," said Mike Wall, general manager of the Intel Storage Components Division. "Extending the capabilities of EM64T to the storage arena will benefit the growing number of storage applications, such as a large database programs. This translates into better overall system performance end-users."
The new processor also possesses nearly a 50-percent reduction in energy consumption compared to the nonpower-optimized version to mitigate heat-related issues. The new processor combined with the Intel® E7520 chipset provides a high-performance platform suited to typically confined, heat sensitive NAS and SAN environments. Other new platform technologies include faster memory technology with DDR2 400, a higher-throughput 800 MHz system bus and PCI-Express, a higher-bandwidth interconnect technology.
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