Intel's Xeon E7 chips unveiled

Intel has unveiled a new family of Xeon E7 processors that up performance while offering reduced power consumption, meaning lower costs for IT departments and higher profits for Otellini and the gang.

Of course, TechEye highlighted this some time ago, with trusted sources telling us Intel would be considering a new Xeon chip aimed at the data centre processing market, for April.

The new Xeon E7-8800, 4800 and 2800 processors, made with 32 nanometre process technology, can be used with up to 10 cores, and are able to deliver 40 percent greater performance than the previous 7500 incarnation.

All in all, the new servers show a “record breaking performance” according to Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center [sic] Group, with 12 world records broken such as a 25 percent improvement with virtual machine applications. Intel claims the chips provide the industry’s highest virtualisation performance.

Intel has also trumped up the low power usage of the Xeon processors, with the Intelligent Power technology that allows the idle power consumption to be massively reduced, and allowing tweaking of power management.

Where it is of specific concern, Intel is releasing high performance 10 core processors, the E7-8870, E7-4870 and E7-2870 which reach 2.4 GHz with a Thermal Design Point of 130, alongside lower voltage 10 core E7-8867L reaching 2.13 GHz with a TDP of 105, and the eight core 2.67 GHz E7-8837L at 2.67 GHz and TDP of 130 watts.

All of the E7s add two terabytes of memory in a four socket system, and contain familiar Sandy Bridge chip features such as Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading Technology and Virtualisation Technology.

Intel has also added security features with the Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction, allowing the swift encryption and decryption of data over a range of applications, while malicious threats are targeted with the Trusted Execution Technology which apparently creates a secure platform at start up to protect applications.

35 platforms based on the Xeon E7 family are said to be on the way from the usual suspects such as IBM, HP and others, with an entry level E3-1200 targeted more at smaller business, and again offering improvements in performance that is seen with the second generation Intel chips.

The chips range from $774 to $4,616 for the high-end E7-8800/4800/2800 models, with the E3-1200 at $189 to $612 (in quantities of 1,000).