Computerworld: Intel has begun shipping its new Xeon C5500/C3500 series, formerly codenamed "Jasper Forest." It's the first time Intel has released a chip integrated with PCI express--a move that should improve performance for dense storage and communications systems such as IPTV, On-Demand Video Services, VoIP, network-attached storage (NAS), storage area networks (SAN) and wireless radio network controllers. In addition, the processors require less power than predecessors.
"With the addition of the Intel Xeon two-chip solution, Intel is providing customers with superior processors to meet the needs of the rapidly shifting communications environment," said Intel's Rose Schooler. "The communications and embedded market segments are demanding higher computing densities."
So far, 11 manufacturers have committed to releasing products that use the new chips.