Intel has developed processors designed to address the growing concern of cooling and power requirements in datacentres.
The chipmaker is releasing a low-power processor designed for server blades, storage devices and telecoms equipment. The Dempsey processor is the first chip for a new Xeon-based platform, codenamed Bensley.
Intel said processors in the Bensley family would offer power consumption of less than 100 watts.
In the third quarter of 2006, Intel plans to update the Bensley platform with the Woodcrest processor, which the company said would further reduce power consumption by 35%.
The strategy is based around Intel's Core micro-architecture, a new chip design and fabrication process which will start to be used in the company's line of multicore server, desktop and mobile processors later this year.
The company said this technology would deliver both higher-performing and more energy efficient processors to reduce electricity consumption and associated costs. Intel said the processors would also offer enhanced security, virtualisation and manageability.
Justin Rattner, chief technology officer at Intel, 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 runner hotter."
Brown said he expected the Core micro-architecture to offer users substantially cooler, more energy efficient chips compared with current Intel processors.