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Intel adds virtualization tech to five processors

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Santa Clara (CA) – Intel informed system vendors that its virtualization technology (VT) will be available in five additional processors beginning in August.

The company said it is “initiating a conversion on the R stepping” of the boxed Core 2 Quad Q8300, Pentium E5300 and E5400, as well as the Core 2 Duo CPUs E7400 and E7500. These new processors will be available on August 3. System vendors will have to use a BIOS update to make VT available to customers.

VT is already supported in all Q9000 series quad-core CPUs as well as the (45 nm) Q8400 and the 65 nm Q6600/Q6700 processors. Availability in older processors is rather scarce; customers who are looking for a chip that supports VT should consult Intel’s VT product list before buying a specific processor.