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400 Indian brains behind Intel’s six core processor
Christo Jacob
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The chipmaker Intel has launched its much-awaited first six-core microprocessor counting on a growing trend toward server virtualization. 400 engineers at Intel’s center in Bangalore developed Intel Xeon 7400 series six-core microprocessor named Dunnington. Praveen Vishakantaiah, the Chief Architect of Dunnington said, “The Bangalore design center is the first Intel team outside the U.S. to complete the design of a 45-nanometer processor.”

Priced at $850, the chip was tested by Intel’s Bangalore laboratory to ensure that it is compatible with most of the existing and forthcoming software. The new chip, which is expected to hit the market in a few days has 16 MB of shared cache memory, and applications built for virtualized environments and data demanding workloads such as databases, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and server consolidation experience a performance increase of almost 50 percent.

“This new processor helps IT manage increasingly complex enterprise server environments, providing great opportunity to boost the scalable performance of multi-threaded applications within a stable platform infrastructure,” says R Ravichandran, Director, Sales, Intel South India.

Though the newly designed processor is supposed to target mostly the global market, Intel has plans to grab the Indian market as well. The Xeon 7400 series processor is expected to be useful for various enterprises such as retail, financial, telecom, banking, and insurance. Intel’s rival AMD, however, is unmoved by Intel’s new roll out and is planning to launch its own six-core processor next year, while its first 45-nanometer chip would be launched later this year.
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