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Intel to launch dual-core Xeon server chip

Antony Savvas

Intel is expected to use next week’s Intel Developer Forum to announce production of Dempsey, the first major Xeon server chip to use dual processing cores.

Dual-core processors have two pieces of silicon on a single wafer to boost processing speeds.

Dempsey is designed for the x86 server market, and is seen by Intel as a serious weapon against rival AMD’s continued push into the server market.

Dempsey can be combined with the Blackford chipset to form the Bensley platform.

Bensley systems deliver a fully buffered memory system to improve processing and allow multiple operating systems to be supported more easily on a single server.

Intel already sells its Paxville dual-core Xeon for dual-processor servers, but this is a temporary model originally designed for four-processor systems, and it uses an older manufacturing process.

Dempsey is expected to reach volume production levels in May or June and the major server suppliers are expected to offer it in their platforms around the same time.

 


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