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Intel fields six-core embedded CPUs

Mar 17, 2010, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Angel)

"Intel launched a bevy of new processors, including its highest-end desktop CPU and new, security-enhanced 32nm CPUs for the enterprise. The Xeon Processor 5600 series also includes the chipmaker's first six-core embedded processors, plus a dual-core processor for "micro servers" that has a TDP of only 30 Watts, the company says.

"We'll start with a nod to the processor Intel's calling its fastest-ever desktop CPU, though this is of course unlikely to be relevant to embedded devices. The Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition is a 32nm processor sporting six cores and 12 threads.

"Said to offer "stunning performance for digital content creation, 3-D rendering, multitasking and hardcore gaming," the i7-980X runs at 3.33GHz, is overclocking-enabled, and is "drop-in compatible" with most X58 Express chipset-based motherboards, the chipmaker says. According to Intel, this premier Core i7 offering has a 130 Watt TDP and will cost $1000 in quantities of 1000."

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