The Xeon 5100 is Intel’s (belated) response to AMD’s Opteron. This processor comes from the Woodcrest line and is based on the Core microarchitecture. This is a 64-bit x86 that features multiple cores (initially two), low voltage requirements (available at 40 watts), and virtualization technology. The new Xeon also handles up to 64 GB of memory with a transfer rate of 21 GB/s. It uses Intel’s new 65 nm fabrication as well. In sum, the Xeon 5100 is an exciting processor aimed at the server market.