Intel has unveiled what it is calling the "most revolutionary server processors since the Intel Pentium Pro" was launched almost 15 years ago.
It has debuted 17 new enterprise-class chips can automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels, and speed data centre transactions and customer database queries.
The chip giant believes they will also play a key role in scientific discoveries by researchers who use supercomputers as their foundation for research, while delivering great energy efficiency for reduced electricity costs.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, previously codenamed "Nehalem-EP," offers several breakthrough technologies that improve system speed and versatility.
Technologies such as Intel Turbo Boost Technology, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, integrated power gates, and Next-Generation Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) improved through extended page tables, allow the system to adapt to a broad range of workloads.
"The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series is the foundation for the next decade of innovation," says Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice-president and GM of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "These chips showcase groundbreaking advances in performance, virtualisation and workload management, which will create opportunities to solve the world's most complex challenges and push the limits of science and technology."
As use of the Internet expands toward Intel's vision of 15-billion connected devices, the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series will also power an upcoming transformation for the Internet's infrastructure, as their adaptability, capability and intelligence will help drive cloud computing.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series is equipped with triple the memory bandwidth of previous server processors, so they can manage a variety of workloads and conditions.
A new feature, Intel Turbo Boost Technology, increases system performance based on the user's workload and environment, dynamically boosting the clock speed of one or more of the individual processing cores.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series also offers automated energy efficiency enhancements, providing users with greater control of their energy expenditures. This includes a processor idle power level of only 10 watts, enabling a 50% reduction in system idle power compared to the previous generation. New integrated power gates, based on Intel's unique high-k metal gate technology, allow idle cores to power down independently.
The new processors also take intelligent power to a new level with up to 15 automated operating states. These create significant improvements in chip power management by adjusting system power consumption based on real-time throughput and without sacrificing performance.