Intel has unveiled the Xeon E3-1200 processor family, an entry-level line of server chips aimed at small business customers.
Announced today along with the high-end Xeon E7 chips, the E3-1200 family is designed for single-socket entry-level servers to meet the needs of small businesses.
These will provide more performance and higher reliability than the desktop PC technology small companies often end up using to run server-side applications, Intel claimed.
Unlike the E7 processors, the E3-1200 family is based on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge architecture, so have on-chip graphics capabilities. They also have support for error-correcting memory, AES-NI instructions to boost encryption processing, and Intel's Trusted Execution Technology for security.
Intel's Richard George said that the new platform has ample performance with support for 6Gbit/s Serial ATA hard drives and up to 32GB of DDR3 memory per DIMM socket.
"So you can pack quite a lot of memory into a very small departmental server," he said.
Intel has already disclosed two low-power versions of the E3-1200 chips, which are aimed at the emerging micro server category for datacentres.
The line-up unveiled today consists of all quad-core chips, starting with the entry E3-1220 clocked at 3.1GHz and priced at $189 (£116). At the top-end is the E3-1280 clocked at 3.5GHz and costing $612 (£377).
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