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Intel 5500 series CPUs were codenamed "Nehalem-EP"

Intel has announced the launch of its new Xeon 5500 series processors. The processors were codenamed Nehalem-EP and DailyTech covered the processor in February when the roadmap was first unveiled.

One of the main features of the new 5500 series processors is the ability to adjust to specified energy usage levels along with the ability to speed data center transactions and customer database inquires. The processors offer several breakthrough technologies according to Intel including Turbo Boost Technology, Intel Hyper Threading Technology, integrated power gates, and next-gen Intel Virtualization Technology.

Intel's Turbo boost technology automatically allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency if it's operating beneath the base power, current, and temperature specifications. The technology will automatically increase the clock speed of the cores by 133MHz on short and regular intervals until the maximum is met. On the other hand, the technology will also decrease the clock speed in 133MHz intervals when limits are reached or exceeded.

Intel's Patrick Gelsinger said in a statement, "The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series is the foundation for the next decade of innovation. These chips showcase groundbreaking advances in performance, virtualization, and workload management, which will create opportunities to solve the world's most complex challenges and push the limits of science and technology."

Intel says that as the internet expands towards the 15 billion connected devices mark it expects to see, the Xeon 5500 series CPUs will help power the transformation for the infrastructure of the Internet. The technology inside the 5500 series CPUs is designed to flourish within a cloud computing architecture.

Intel says that the new processors are rated at 10 watts while idle, a 50% reduction compared to the previous generation of processors. The processors also feature 15 different automated power states that create significant improvements in chip power management by adjusting power needs based on real-time throughput.

Among the new 5500 series processor Intel has announced are the L5518 and L5508, which are 5500 series Xenon parts for the embedded communications market. The processors are specifically designed to operate in thermally constrained environments. The L5518 runs at 2.13GHz and has a power level of 60 watts. The L5508 runs at 2GHz and offers a power level of 38 watts. The new embedded parts have a 7-year lifecycle support.





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