Intel Unleashes Xeon E5 Family of Server Chips
This Editor’s Pick reports on the release of the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family, which includes 17 new processors ranging from the quad-core 1.8 GHz E5-2603 to the eight-core 2.9 GHz E5-2690 with 16 threads and 20 MB of L3 cache. According to Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the Intel Data Center and Connected Systems Group, the processors are designed to help data centers providing cloud services. She said: “The growth in cloud computing and connected devices is transforming the way businesses benefit from IT products and services. For businesses to capitalize on these innovations, the industry must address unprecedented demand for efficient, secure and high-performing datacenter infrastructure. The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family is designed to address these challenges by offering unparalleled, balanced performance across compute, storage and network, while reducing operating costs."
The new processors significantly increase overall performance, energy efficiency, and security over the previous generation. Security technologies are now built in to the processor to better protect against attack and accelerate encryption to protect data while at rest and in transit for the first time. Other built-in technologies support faster integrated I/O; integrated support for PCI Express* 3.0 (PCIe 3.0); and power management (Intel® Node Manager).