IDF Spring 2006 Enterprise Wrap Up

Closer Than You Think

Closer Than You Think

"Closer than you think". That's Intel's new motto and from what we see of their aggressive roadmaps, it may just turn out to be quite true. Intel is confident that their ramping of their new platforms and Core microprocessors in H2 this year would help them regain the ground lost to AMD. In the server space, we will see an 85% penetration of multi-core server processors and Intel predicts up to a full ramp towards 100% by 2007.

Server platform roadmap into 2006 and 2007. Green bars stand for 4+ cores.

Incredibly aggresive processor ramp from 65nm dual-core today towards Core processors by H2 2006 and expect quad-cores to arrive Q1 2007.

Intel demonstrated their DP 'Bensley' platform together with the 'Blackford' chipset, which will feature dual independent 1333MHz busses, FB-DIMM memory, I/O Acceleration Technology and Intel 'Gilgal' Gigabit Ethernet. Why is Intel so excited about Bensley? Well, Bensley will initially support the 'Dempsey' processor, a 65nm version of the current Paxville and of course a host of performance enhancing and power saving features as summarized by this slide:-

Bensley will bring a new level of performance and compatibility to the DP server platform.

Sample Bensley motherboard. Intel and partners like HP and Dell will begin shipping Bensley systems this quarter.

Now remember that this will begin ramping this quarter and in the next quarter, Intel will introduce 'Woodcrest', their first Core server processor, which will snap into the same Bensley platform as well. Bensley will also support 'Clovertown', a quad-core Core microarchitechture processor, which will debut by 2007 and to prove that Intel is on track to deliver Clovertown, Pat Gelsinger demonstrated an eight threaded CineBench benchmark on a Dell DP server.

Three identical Dell Bensley systems. The difference? One is running 'plain old' Xeon dual-core, another has a Core 'Woodcrest' and the last one is a working quad-core 'Clovertown'.

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