Intel Launches 50-watt Quads

Arthur Cole

Intel unveiled the Harpertown line of processors this week, now dubbed the Xeon L5400 series, a low-power server and workstation quad-core chip that draws less than 50 watts (12.5 w per core) while still cranking out a 2.50 GHz frequency.


Based on the 45 nm process, the L5400 runs about 25 percent faster than current low-voltage Xeon quads, and even increases the on-die cache by 50 percent to 12 MB.


Expect the chips to show up in multiple systems from major vendors like Dell, Fujitsu, HP and IBM.


Intel is also closing in on the release of a 40-watt dual-core device, said to offer speeds up to 3 GHz with 6 MB caches and 1333 MHz front side buses.

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