Yesterday Intel announced two new lower power chips for use in servers and workstations. The new quad core L5400 series uses a 45 nm process runs at just 50 watts at either 2.33 GHz or 2.5 GHz. These chips replace the previous 65 nm low power Clovertown gear.
Benefiting companies with power-constrained, high-compute density environments, the Quad-Core Intel Xeon L5400 processors are as much as 25 percent faster1 and have a 50 percent larger cache size than Intel’s previous-generation, low-voltage Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, while at the same time maintaining the low 50-watt thermal envelope. The quad-core L5420 and L5410 processors run at 2.50 GHz and 2.33 GHz, respectively, and feature a unique 12 megabytes (MB) of on-die cache and dedicated 1333 MHz front side buses (FSB).
You can find the L5400 series in a variety of vendor gear, including Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Verari and others.
Next quarter Intel expects to lower the power bar even further
Next quarter, Intel will also begin shipping a new dual-core low-voltage processor that will boast a 40-watt rating and clock speed of 3 GHz, with a 6 MB cache size and a 1333 MHz FSB.