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Intel Releases New Line of Low-Power Server Products

(November 13, 2001)
Intel Corporation today announced a new series of products for the emerging category of low-power, space-saving "ultra dense" servers.

The products include the Ultra Low Voltage Pentium(R) III processor at 700 MHz, which runs at a server-industry-low of 1.1 volts, includes 512 KB of on-chip cache memory and delivers the highest performance in its class(1). In addition, the complementary Intel(R) 440GX chipset delivers server-specific reliability and performance features such as error correcting code and large memory support of up to two gigabytes.

Servers based on these components offer the most compelling performance per watt per cubic square foot -- an increasingly important factor for IT purchasing decisions and key performance metric for enterprise data centers and Internet Service Providers. Ultra dense systems are commonly used for tasks such as Web serving, firewall protection and Web caching.

"The need for ultra dense servers is rapidly emerging, particularly in Internet data centers where there's a high priority on lowering power usage and real estate costs," said Richard Dracott, director, Intel Enterprise Products Group. "Intel-based versions of these systems deliver the server-specific features IT managers need in an open design that supports standard applications and interoperability with current systems."

System Specifications

Systems based on the combination of the Ultra Low Voltage Pentium(R) III processor at 700 MHz and Intel(R) 440GX chipset will include 512 KB of on-die level 2 cache memory and support for PC 100 SDRAM memory. The processor is produced in high volumes on Intel's 0.13-micron manufacturing process, an advanced process that enables low voltages for the processor (ranging from 1.1 to 0.95 volts). The chips come in Intel's uFCBGA package, the latest packaging technology for smaller systems such as high-density servers.

Intel-based ultra dense servers provide full support for the x86 instruction set, meaning that a full range of multiple operating system images and applications can run simultaneously and achieve full functionality and performance. The systems support existing industry-wide development tools and improve density, cost per transaction and power usage without sacrificing performance.

System pricing for the complete combination of products varies by manufacturer. Systems are expected from leading manufacturers starting in Q4'01.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

(1) Performance results based on Intel internal tests using industry standard benchmarks including Webbench and SpecWeb99.

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