Intel preps Woodcrest for Socket 771

By Justin Mann on
Intel's Dempsey core will be the first to make an appearance on Socket 771, the replacement socket for 603/604 series CPUs (Xeons), followed up by the Woodcrest core, meant to be a more eco-friendly chip. Dempsey is considered by most to be only a temporary solution as Intel presents the socket, while they prepare the enhanced Woodcrest for public use. Using a 65nm process and starting at 2.33GHz, Woodcrest will feature 4MB of L2 cache (2 cores) and will eventually have a low-voltage variant that will help it fit in better in power-sensitive applications (such as blade servers). While you can't expect to be buying the boards or CPUs off the shelf, if you happen build Intel servers you'll be dealing with this next as traditional sockets continue to be phased out.

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