Intel unveils smaller, faster multicore chips

Intel has unveiled 16 server and high-end PC processors that incorporate the company's 45-nanometer transistor technology to boost performance and lower power consumption.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core processor, a high-end desktop PC processor, has a larger L2 cache and support for new Intel Streaming SMID Extension 4 media instructions.

The company also unveiled a new line of dual-core and quadcore server processors. The 12 quad-core chips have clock speeds ranging from 2 GHz to 3.2 GHz with frontside bus speeds (FSBs) as high as 1600 MHz and cache sizes of 12M. The three dual-core chips feature operates as fast as 3.4 GHz, FSBs as high as 1600 MHz and cache sizes of 6M.

The 45-nanometer transistor technology reduces electricity leaks and eliminates lead and, next year, halogen materials, Intel officials said.

Prices of the 45nm Xeon processors range from $177 to $1,279 in quantities of 1,000 and depend on the model, speed, features and number ordered. The 45nm Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core processor costs $999 in quantities of 1,000.

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