Intel, OEMs Say OK to Tulsa




Intel wrapped up its Summer of Servers with a grand-finale-like release. This week, it unveiled eight new dual-core processors that will make up the Xeon 7100 series, previously code-named “Tulsa.”

Intel’s Summer of Servers winds down with a jaunt to Tulsa.

The chips are designed for multi-processor servers and are designed to deliver top performance and high reliability. Intel is claiming up to twice the performance, and nearly three times better performance per watt, compared to the previous Intel Xeon MP processors 7100 processor series.

The new processors are socket compatible with the currently shipping platform.

These servers differ from the 5100 series, still commonly referred to as Woodcrest, unveiled back in June.

Woodcrest chips are designed for front-end and general appliances in particular ultradense 1U systems and blades, Kirk Skaugen general manager, Intel Server Platforms Group, told ServerWatch.

Skaugen noted that Tulsa chips, on the other hand, are designed for back end systems, such as consolidated and virtualized environments, and database, ERP, CRM and e-commerce applications.

More than 40 system manufacturers worldwide are on board. The major OEMs, such as HP, IBM, Dell and Fujitsu, have already announced Tulsa-based servers.

All eight chips in 7100 series are based on Intel’s 65nm manufacturing process. They claim more than 1.3 billion transistors and 16MB of shared cache. The chips also feature Intel Cache Safe Technology for optimal reliability.

The chips range in price from $856 for the 7110N to $1,980 for the 7140N. This is 37 percent price cut from the previous generation, Skaugen notes.

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