Fujitsu Puts New Intel Core Chips into Entry-Level Primergy Servers

Fujitsu is unveiling two new entry-level single-socket Primergy servers powered by some of Intel's new Core processors. The Primergy TX150 S7 tower and RX100 S6 rack servers can be powered by Intel's Core i3-530 and 540 models or the Pentium G9650, as well as Intel's Xeon 3400 series chips. Fujitsu officials say the new systems strike a balance between performance and affordability.

Fujitsu is rolling out two new single-socket servers that take advantage of Intel's 32-nanometer "Clarkdale" processors.

The new entry-level systems, announced Jan. 7, can use not only the new Pentium G6950 or Core i3-530 and 540 models-which Intel announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas-but also the chip maker's Xeon 3400 series processors, according to Fujitsu officials.

The Primergy TX150 S7 tower system and RX100 S6 rack server are aimed at small and medium businesses, and also can be used in such non-mission-critical environments like Web server farms, according to Richard McCormack, senior vice president of Fujitsu's Server and Solutions Business.

"The flexibility and power of [the two servers] make them ideally suited for general all-around use, and they are affordable enough to be very attractive to clients in the small and mid-sized market sector," McCormack said in a statement.

Intel gave reporters an introduction into the new Core processors in December, and officially announced them Jan. 7 at CES. Intel officials are touting the performance capabilities of the dual-core processors, as well as the integrated graphics capabilities, greater energy efficiency and such features as Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost, which enables users to increase the speed of individual cores based on workload demands.

The processors-in the Core i3, i5 and i7 series-are built on Intel's 32-nanometer manufacturing process. The chip maker invested $7 billion in four fabs to enable them to make the 32-nm products.

The combination of performance and affordability was a good fit for Fujitsu's new entry-level systems, officials said. The energy efficiency of the systems is further enhanced by a new generation of power supplies they said.

They also feature not only the new processors, but also second-generation PCIe slots and SAS 2.0 interfaces, and can expand up to 32GB of RAM.

The RX100 S6 rack server offers either two 3.5-inch drives or four 2.5-inch drives, and the modular RAID configurations support SATA, SAS and SSD (solid state drive) hard drives.

Both are available immediately.