updated 04:10 pm EST, Mon February 23, 2009
LP Xeons and Atom Cut
Intel has begun the week with three new low-power Xeon processors as well as a price drop on its most important Atom processor. The Xeon L3110 clocks in at 3GHz across its dual cores and 6MB of Level 2 cache but consumes a more modest 45W of power, suiting it to very compact workstations and rackmount servers. A higher-end Xeon L3360 uses a higher but still moderate 65W in return for a move to quad-core, a 2.83GHz clock speed and 12MB of cache. Topping the updates is the 3.16GHz, quad-core X3380 with the same amount of cache and 95W of energy use.
All three chips should be ready for use today and carry prices of $224, $369 and $530 in large batches for PC makers.
Simultaneously, the 1.6GHz Atom Z530 used by many netbooks has dropped slightly from $70 to $65 in similarly large quantities. Intel hasn't explained the move, though the reduction comes just shortly after the launch of the 1.66GHz N280 that will likely replace the very low-power chip in newer systems. [via CNET]