Low power drives Intel's datacentre plans

At its recent developers' forum Intel has been revealing plans for the new technologies that will be at the heart of future datacentres.

At its recent developers' forum Intel has been revealing plans for the new technologies that will be at the heart of future datacentres.

Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice-president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, told the forum, "2006 marks a year of transitions for Intel [with] a transition to a new process technology and a powerful new microarchitecture, along with the delivery of new platforms. We have a line-up of enterprise platforms and technologies that will excite IT managers with critical capabilities to manage costs and run their business."

At the heart of Intel's efforts is what it says is a commitment to energy efficient performance based on next generation microarchitecture. Intel is confident that the technology will help IT managers increase responsiveness and productivity while at the same time reducing the real estate and electricity burdens that companies face as server datacentres grow.

Intel revealed plans for Conroe, a dual-core processor that it says can reduce power consumption by 40% while delivering greater than 40% improvements in computing performance. Conroe will also be a part of Intel's Professional Business Platform, codenamed Averill, available in the second half of this year.

Sossaman, an ultra-low power processor, is scheduled to ship in March and is designed for server blades, storage devices and telecommunications equipment. In addition, the Dempsey processor is scheduled to ship by the end of March and is the first chip for a new Intel Xeon-based platform, codenamed Bensley, which will in most cases run below 100W.

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