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Supermicro speeds server I/O

Supermicro, a small Silicon Valley server and motherboard maker, unveils one of the first server computers based on new technology from Intel.

Supermicro, a small Silicon Valley server and motherboard manufacturer, has unveiled one of the first server computers based on new technology from Intel (INTC).

Supermicro's new server uses Intel's new i960RP I/O (input-output) processor for server computers. In servers, I/O processing involves the sending and receiving of data from the hard disk drive subsystem, for example. By taking over I/O tasks, the new chip frees the main processor to handle the other operations, thereby speeding up overall server performance.

The new P6DNH also supports Intel's new I2O specification for servers. The I2O specification enhances network performance and administration, according to Intel. (Intel is an investor in CNET: The Computer Network.)

Other features of the P6DNH include dual 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors, 4GB ultrawide SCSI hard drive and dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies. There are also 11 hot-swappable hard drive bays, allowing users to replace drives without shutting down the system.

No pricing information was announced.