[extended]Intel is fighting back to recover the performance crown from rival AMD with the launch of a range of dual-core server and notebook processors. Intel has launched eight Dual-Core Xeon 7100 series processors designed for multi-processor (MP) servers using up to 32 chips. Formerly code-named 'Tulsa', the 7100 series boasts performance nearly three times better per Watt than previous Intel Xeon MP processors. The new series also includes lower power options and are socket-compatible with existing platforms. More than 40 server manufacturers have signed up to release 7100-based servers in the coming weeks.
The series was built using Intel's 65nm manufacturing process, contain more than 1.3 billion transistors and have 16MB of shared cache.