The dual-core chip, calledas expected, consumes a maximum of 31 watts of power compared with a range of . In quantities of 1,000, it costs $423 for a 2GHz model and $209 for a 1.6GHz model.
The chip is a response toin the data center. Intel rival , in part because its chips are more power-efficient, analysts say.
Xeon LV is based on the Core Duo "Yonah" processor for mobile PCs but is augmented so it can run in dual-processor configurations and employ error-correcting memory transfer technology. However, it has a significant limitation compared with other Xeon models: It's only a 32-bit chip where its higher-end brethren are 64-bit.
In practice, it's not a major drawback because most servers still run 32-bit software, particularly the lower-end models that Xeon LV is aimed for, and don't require the large amounts of memory that 64-bit addressing permits.
However, the 32-bit design is one reason the top seller of x86 servers, Hewlett-Packard, decided not to build any machines using the first-generation Xeon LV. IBM concluded otherwise and includes the chip in a blade server that fits into its. And HP is building some special-purpose machines for the telecommunications market using the Xeon LV.
In any event, a 64-bit replacement is due soon. Intel executives said at thelast week that the chipmaker will introduce a .