Intel announced a new series of chips at the Comdex trade show which target the emerging low power, space saving server blade market.
Compaq and Hewlett Packard (HP) said they would be among the first to deliver single- and dual-processor systems based on Intel's latest processors.
Server blades are a type of ultra-dense server that feature a vertical design equipped to fit hundreds of server blades in a standard rack.
Intel's systems, which are based on a combination of the ultra low voltage Pentium III processor at 700MHz and Intel's 440GX chipset, include 512KB of on-die level 2 cache memory and support for PC 100 SDRam memory.
Running Intel's low-power Pentium III Tualatin processor, Compaq's QuickBlade one-way server blades can be removed on the fly and new blades are automatically reformatted for the operation in progress.
The Tualatin line uses 0.13-micron technology and the server chips come with 512KB of high-speed cache memory.
Compaq will soon deliver two- and four-way QuickBlade systems, which the company said will take the architecture to the application server layer for the first time.
HP said both its single- and dual-processor machines will arrive near the end of 2001. HP's Powerbar server blades will use its own PA-Risc processors as well as chips from Intel.
IBM also has plans to offer server-blade type architectures in diverse designs, such as a server blade system that can be partitioned internally to have separate, hot-swappable hardware components, as well as virtual software partitions that can be reallocated for fail-over on the fly.
The company said it will provide a totally self-contained computer on a single blade.
Big Blue also unveiled its yet to be named xSeries server during the trade show. The server, only three rack units high, is a four-way system running Intel's Foster architecture-based Xeon server chips.
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