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Intel Announces Quad-Core Tigerton Processor

The Xeon 7300 chips, called Tigerton, are Intel’s first quad-core processors designed to be used in servers with four or more processors, a relatively small but lucrative segment of the server market. Previously, the Xeon processor for that market segment offered two cores.

The new chips offer significantly better performance compared to their predecessors, Intel’s Xeon 5300 chips, as noted by Adesh Gupta, regional director of platform architecture at the Server Platforms Asia-Pacific group.

According to Gupta’s statements, “We’re seeing really, really good performance across a wide spectrum of applications.”

Testing by Intel shows significant improvements with various business applications, including AG’s SAP ERP software, according to Gupta. The 7300 series chips can handle up to 82 percent more ERP users and 92 percent more database transactions compared to the 5300 series processors.

The 7300 is part of the Caneland processor package, which also includes Intel’s 7300 chipset, known as Clarksboro. The new chipset has four 1,066 MHz interconnects that are linked to a processor, allowing to reduce latency between the processor and main memory.

Caneland is the last presentation expected by Intel before AMD announces the availability of its Barcelona server processors on September 10.

Intel will initially offer six versions of Tigerton. At the top of the range is the X7350, a 2.93GHz processor designed with 8MB of shared memory and a 130-watt Thermal Power Design (TDP). The TDP is the maximum sustainable level of power for applications that Intel expects to be run by the processor, and the number describes the amount of heat that the system must dissipate from the chip.

Intel is also offering several Xeon 7300 processors with a TDP of 80 watts, the E7340 runs at 2.4 GHz and offers 8 MB of shared cache. The E7330 also runs at 2.4 GHz but with 6 MB of cache. The E7320 and E7310 operate at 2.13 and 1.6 GHz respectively.

Intel will also release a 50-watt version that runs at 1.86 GHz. The L7345 has 8 MB of shared cache and is designed for high-density root and blade servers.

Also available will be two two-core versions of the Tigerton chip, the E7220 and the E7210, with speeds of 2.93 and 2.4 GHz and a TDP of 80 watts. Both processors have a shared 8MB cache and are designed for high-performance applications.

The Tigerton’s performance upgrade doesn’t come cheap. Processors are priced from $ 856 to $ 2,301 per chip in quantities of 1,000 units, a standard unit for setting the price of processors.