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Digital ICs/DSPs: Dual-Core Xeon Processors Boost Server Performance By 50%

Targeted for use in dual-processor servers, the first dual-core, hyper-threaded, Xeon processor helps to improve the performance and response time of multithreaded server applications. The company estimates that the dual-core processors can boost the performance of today's dualprocessor, 64-bit servers by up to 50%. This dual-core processor runs at 2.8 GHz, has an 800-MHz system bus, and includes 2 Mbytes of level 2 cache per core. The processor will work with the E7520 chip set. Since each core is equipped with its own cache, the amount of traffic on the system bus is reduced and each core has faster access to data. The processor also incorporates the EM64T 64-bit addressing, Hyperthreading technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Demand Based Switching. Running at 2.8 GHz, the processor is priced at $1043 in 1000-unit quantities.

Intel Corp.
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