Intel is set to deliver a line of chips which are designed to address a growing concern of cooling and power requirements within data centres.
This week the chipmaker is scheduled to ship a low powered processor designed for server blades, storage devices and telecommunications equipment.
'Dempsey' is scheduled to ship by the end of the month and is the first processor for a new Xeon–based platform, codenamed Bensley.
The company said processors in the Bensley family will offer power consumption below 100 watts.
In the third quarter of 2006, Intel will update the Bensley platform with the Woodcrest processor, which the company said would reduce power consumption by a further 35%.
The strategy is based on Intel Core micro architecture, a new chip design and fabrication process which will be used in the company’s line of multi–core server, desktop and mobile processors for computers later this year.
The company said this technology will deliver both higher–performing, and more energy–efficient processors to reduce electricity and associated costs, as well as enhanced security, virtualisation and manageability.
Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer, said, “Later this year [Core] will fuel new dual–core processors and quad–core processors in 2007 that we expect to deliver industry-leading performance and capabilities per watt. People will see systems that can be faster, smaller and quieter, with longer battery life and lower electric bills.”
Gartner analyst Ian Brown said, “Intel has been at a disadvantage in terms of energy efficiency compared to AMD, as its chipsets are generally more complex and run hotter.”
He said the Core micro architecture will offer users substantially cooler, more energy efficient chips compared to Intel’s current processor family.