The, which consumes a maximum of 80 watts, is a midrange model. Its early arrival was requested by server makers that wanted a fuller product line ready for the new year, Intel spokeswoman Erica Fields said. Previous members of the quad-core "Clovertown" family of chips arrived in November.
"Almost all major OEMs (original equipment manufacturers)--including Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi,, NEC, Rackable and Silicon Graphics--will offer servers based on this part," Fields said.
The chip costs $690 in quantities of 1,000. That's cheaper than the $1,172 and $851 models, which run at 2.66GHz and 2.33GHz respectively, but use the same 1333MHz front-side bus connection to the rest of the server that the 5335 uses. The price is higher than for the 1.86GHz and 1.6GHz models that use a slower 1066MHz front-side bus.
Intel's quad-core processors combine two dual-core Xeon 5100 "Woodcrest" chips into a single package. Rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, which beat Intel to the dual-core server punch in 2005, is waiting until 2007 to release its first. Unlike Intel's Xeon, AMD's processor will have all four cores on a single slice of silicon.