Intel Xeon 5200 and Xeon 5400 for Embedded Systems

Intel Corporation recently announced new processors for embedded systems market. The new processors feature 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset, and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel’s revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company’s 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5200 Series.

The new processors, coupled with the new power-optimized Intel® 5100 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) chipset, comprise the first 45nm CPU platforms for thermally constrained bladed applications. When using the Intel 5000P chipset, the 45nm processors are ideal for full-performance and memory-intensive applications such as storage, routers, security and medical solutions, as well as communications applications such as IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS).

The processors take advantage of Intel’s Hafnium-based, high-k metal gate transistor formula, which reduces power consumption, increases switching speed and significantly increases transistor density over the company’s previous 65nm manufacturing technology. These 45nm CPU-based platforms, based on the Intel® 5100 MCH chipset, are ideal for 200 watt maximum power envelope specifications such as AdvancedTCA and also for NEBS Level-3 requirements.

Intel is offering extended lifecycle support for 7 years for the Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 series (E5240, E5220, L5238) and the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 series (E5440 and L5408). This represents an expansion from previous minimum support of 5 years. The 45nm processors with extended lifecycle support are available today, and prices range from $321 to $690. The dual-core Intel Xeon processor L5238 at 35 watts will be this quarter. The Intel 5100 MCH chipset is available today, starting at $76.

The new Intel® Carrier Grade Server TIGH2U building block offers increased choice for customers that require power efficiency and improved compute performance for high-end communication applications. Intel also announced enhancements for the Intel® Carrier Grade Server TIGW1U, Intel® IP Network Server NSW1U and Intel® IP Network Server NSC2U. These reliable communication rack-mount servers now support the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 Series and are ideal for telco and network applications in harsh environments with NEBS Level-3 requirements that demand high performance, energy efficiency and high I/O throughput.

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