2.8GHz Intel Xeon server chip goes on sale

Xinit Systems Ltd. has started offering servers powered by a 2.8GHz Xeon processor from Intel Corp., a chip that is expected to be launched officially at the Intel Developer Forum next week.

The fastest Xeon for workstations and low-end servers listed on Intel's Web site has a clock speed of 2.4GHz. Xinit's Sharq SPS234 and Sharq SPS124 are available now with Xeons running at up to 2.8GHz, according to information on its Web site at http://www.xinitsystems.com/products/servers/.

A sales representative from Xinit Systems, based in London, confirmed the Sharq servers are on offer with 2.8GHz processors, but could not immediately provide pricing.

The chip is also listed for sale at Pricewatch.com, an industry pricing guide run by Price Watch Corp. It is listed as part of a package of new serverboards from SuperMicro Inc. priced at US$799, which will also be announced at Intel Developer Forum on Sept. 9.

Nine serverboards from SuperMicro will be available as of Sept. 9 with dual 2.8GHz Xeon processors, according to a statement from SuperMicro.

An Intel spokesman declined to comment on the unannounced products.

Separately Monday, Intel cut the prices of Xeon chips with clock speeds below 2.4GHz. Such price cuts are generally a sign that the chip maker plans to introduce new additions to a processor family. The price for the 2.4GHz Xeon remained unchanged, at $615 each for 1,000-unit quantities.

(Ashlee Vance with IDG News Service in San Francisco contributed to this report.)

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