Intel launches 32nm Xeon 5600 processor lineup

Intel has launched its long-awaited 32nm Xeon 5600 processor lineup.

The new chips offer support for a number of critical security features, including Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI) and Trusted Execution Technology (TXT).

Combined, the two facilitate faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments. 

“These are also the first server and workstation chips based on the groundbreaking, new 32nm logic technology, which uses Intel’s second-generation high-k metal gate transistors to increase speed and decrease energy consumption,” explained Kirk Skaugen, VP of the Intel Architecture Group.

“The Intel Xeon Processor 5600 series supports up to six cores per processor and delivers up to 60 percent greater performance than the 45nm Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. In addition, data centers can replace 15 single-core servers with a single new one, and achieve a return on their investment in as little as 5 months.”

Skaugen also noted that data centers will benefit from the “power efficiency” of the Xeon processor 5600 series. 

“A two-socket server using the new low-voltage Intel Xeon processor L5640 can deliver the same performance as a server using the previous generation’s champion; the Intel Xeon processors X5570 series, but with up to 30 percent lower platform power.”