Intel Offers Xeon Processors for Telecoms

The company has also launched its own single board computer and server that it says can handle hostile telecommunications environments.

Intel wants a bigger part of the telecommunications market.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker announced Dec. 4 that it is offering two new dual-core processors that are specifically designed to handle more rugged and hostile telecom environments.

The Intel dual-core Xeon LV5138 processor, which runs at 2.13GHz, and the LV 5128 processor, which is clocked at 1.86GHz, were unveiled at the ITU Telecom World conference in Hong Kong, the company said.

The two processors, which contain four cores on a single platform, are designed to assist telecoms to meet Network Equipment Building System Level 3 and Communications Platforms Trade Association 1.0 standards, the company said. The two standards are designed to deal with the more rugged environments found in telecom environments as opposed to one found in a typical enterprise data center.

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In addition the processors, Intel launched a single-board computer—a complete computer built on a single circuit board—called the NetStructure MPCBL0050. In a statement, the company said it is the first AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade server, which is designed for converged I/O and compute platforms, to be based on based on Intels Core microarchitecture.

The MPCBL0050 will run the Carrier Grade Linux operating system and uses LV5138 dual-core processors, according to Intel. The starting price for the system is $5,169.

Intel launched a fourth product, the Carrier Grade Server TIGW1U. This server is powered by Intels Xeon dual-core LV 5418 processor and the starting price for the system is $1,550, according to the company.

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For the new dual-core processors, the starting price for the LV5138 is $617 per 1,000 units shipped, and the list price for the LV 5128 is $412 per 1,000 units shipped, the company said in a statement.

The two processors will be available later in December. The MPCBL0050 and the TIGW1U will ship in the first quarter of 2007.

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