Intel launches 2GHz Xeon for workstations

Intel upped the speed of its workstation chips on Tuesday, launching the 2GHz Foster Xeon for dual-processor workstations.

The new processor should bring greater than a 10 percent performance improvement over the previous version, a 1.7GHz offering, said Shannon Poulin, Intel's enterprise marketing manager. The Xeon for workstations is also available in speeds of 1.4GHz and 1.5GHz.

"This is a drop-in replacement for all existing products available for the Xeon," Poulin said. The drop-in capability means vendors can begin making workstations with the new processor immediately without modifying the design of their workstations, Poulin said. "The majority of vendors will have products to go from (Tuesday)."

Vendors shipping workstations based on the new chip include Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV, Poulin said.

The 2GHz Xeon for dual-processor workstations is priced at US$615, in 1,000-unit quantities, a standard measurement for chip sales.

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