- SMB Spotlight
Intel has extended its Xeon E5 server processor line-up with more 22nm chips targeting two-socket systems for the server, storage and communications segments.
The Xeon processor E5-2400 v2 product family, otherwise known as Ivy Bridge EN, includes 12 different versions featuring up to 10 cores. The introduction follows that of the E5-2600 v2 Ivy Bridge EP family last year, which includes versions with four to 12 cores.
Announcing the E5-2400 v2 product family on Intel's Data Stack blog, server marketing director Dylan Larson said that it complements the E5-2600 v2 line-up with low-voltage 50W thermal design power (TDP) versions and configurations specifically designed for communication and storage.
"With the addition of the E5-2400 v2 product family, the E5 product line will now have more than 30 different processors for single-socket and two-socket configurations, allowing for unprecedented choice in processor selection in order to achieve optimal performance and efficiency when running a variety of workloads," he said.
The chips are a socket-compatible replacement for the existing E5-2400 chips, Intel said, but deliver up to 23 percent more performance and include new features as part of the Ivy Bridge architecture introduced with the E5-2600 v2.
These include the Intel Secure Key random number generator for cryptographic operations, and virtualisation of the Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC), which boosts performance when operating virtual machines.
Intel said the E5-2400 v2 family provides the performance, input/output (I/O), and memory capabilities for a wide range of compute-intensive applications, including servers, blades and appliances for communications infrastructure; medical, storage systems, and security applications; and carrier-grade rack-mount servers and router modules.
"With such a vast array of workloads across various markets, customers are looking for specific, customised configurations to achieve the best possible performance and performance per watt for their specific applications. We understand that and have expanded our portfolio to allow for a very fine-tuned choice when deciding about processors for the server, storage and communications markets," Larson said.