More powerful Typhoon servers coming in January

Tyan plans to introduce an upgraded version of its powerful Typhoon server in January

The next version of Tyan Computer's Typhoon server, which uses Intel's recently announced quad-core Xeon 5300 processor, will be available in January, the company said this week.

The Typhoon 600 servers comes with five motherboards, each with two processor sockets, said Victoria Chin, a Tyan spokeswoman in Taipei. With the quad-core Xeon 5300 chip, formerly known by the code name Clovertown, the Typhoon 600, which was first demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei last month, can support up to 40 processor cores.

The Typhoon 600 that supports the Xeon 5300 will be available in January, while a version that uses Intel's dual-core processor, formerly known as Woodcrest, is now available, Chin said. The most basic Typhoon 600 Woodcrest system costs US$15,000 and does not include processors or the operating system, she said.

The Typhoon is designed for workgroup applications, such as research and development, where significant computer power is required. For example, the Clovertown-based Typhoon 600 is capable of 256 GFLOPS (billion floating operations per second) when operating at peak performance, Tyan said.

Earlier -- and less powerful -- versions of the Typhoon, which use Intel's Woodcrest chip or its "Conroe" Core 2 Duo desktop chip, will continue to be available after the Typhoon 600 is introduced, Chin said.

Those systems, announced during the Computex exhibition in June, include four two-way motherboards for the Woodcrest system, and four single-processor motherboards for the Conroe system.

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