Intel is bringing its "Nehalem" architecture into mainstream PCs through its new Core i5-570 processor, which is aimed at multimedia-intense applications. The new chip is aimed at systems that run around $1,000, a drop from the high-end Core i7 processors unveiled a year ago that were targeted at high-end systems that cost as much as $1,700 or more. Intel also launched its Xeon 3400 Series chips, which are Nehalem-based processors aimed at the SMB market. And Lenovo announced two new ThinkServer systems powered by the new Xeon 3400 chips.
Intel is bringing its "Nehalem" chip architecture to the mainstream PC and
low-end server spaces.
Intel Sept. 8 unveiled its "Lynnfield" chips, including the first Core i5
processor. The new chips come almost a year after the chip maker rolled out the
first of its Core
, which were aimed at the high-end PC enthusiasts and gamers.
They also come two weeks before Intel hosts its annual three-day developers'
forum in San Francisco, which kicks
off Sept. 22.
The Core i5-570 and two new Core i7 processors, built using Intel's
45-nanometer manufacturing process, come with such Nehalem features as an
integrated memory controller and Turbo Boost, which dynamically scales the
processors' power depending on demand. The integrated memory controller speeds
up the transfer of data from memory, which leads to greater performance. While
rival Advanced Micro Devices has offered the feature in its server and PC chips
for several years, previous Intel offerings had the memory controller on the
One area in which the Core i5-570 breaks off from other Nehalem chips is
that while it can run two instruction threads at the same time, the chip only
has one thread enabled.
It runs at frequencies of up to 2.66GHz and offers 8MB of cache.
Intel officials said the quad-core Core i5-570 is aimed at applications that
call for high-end multimedia capabilities. While the chips launched in November
2008 were aimed at high-end systems that cost $1,700 or more, the new Core
i5-750, priced at $196 per 1,000 units shipped, is targeting PCs in the price
range of $1,000 or less.
Intel also is introducing its Xeon 3400 Series processors for servers aimed
at SMBs. Intel officials said the new chips offer greater performance-up to 64
percent more transactions and up to 56 percent faster business response-with
better energy efficiency.
Intel already has rolled out its quad-core Xeon 5500 Series "Nehalem
for mainstream servers with up to two sockets, and is
expected to soon launch the eight-core Nehalem EX for systems with four
sockets. One key area for the Nehalem EX processors is the Unix market now
being served by such vendors as IBM,
Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
Among the new server chips is the low-power Xeon L3426, which offers a 188
percent improvement in energy efficiency per dollar than the previous Xeon
Lenovo on Sept. 8 unveiled two new ThinkServer systems aimed at SMBs that
run the Xeon 3400 Series processors. Lenovo officials said the TS200 and RS210
offer less complexity, greater efficiency and higher performance than rival
They also stressed the remote management features and enhanced
virtualization capabilities, with some models coming with VMware's
vSphere 4 virtualization platform
and with an onboard connecter for an
The single-socket systems, which meet the specifications for the federal
government's Energy Star program, support virtualization technology from
VMware, Microsoft, Novell and Red Hat.
The remote management capabilities come from the IMM (Integrated Management
Module), which enables IT administrators to manage the systems through a Web