Intel announces two new processors

Intel announced a new microprocessor code named Jasper Forest aimed at storage products and embedded applications along with a new 2GHz version of the Atom chip at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.

“Today we’re announcing two new products in the Atom family. The Z550, this is the first 2GHz processor that will fit in your pocket…,” he said.

The Z550 is aimed at mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and works with up to 2GB of DDR2 DRAM.

The second new new Z-series Atom chip is the Z515, which can run at up to 1.2GHz speeds when needed and is also aimed at the MID market.

Both chips are made to be as power-efficient as possible to keep small battery powered devices running longer.

Jasper Forest

The new chips will be aimed at storage products and embedded applications. They use the Nehalem-EP (Efficient Performance) architecture that Intel recently used in the launch of its latest generation of server chips.

The main modification Intel made for Jasper Forest microprocessors was to reduce the set to two chips instead of the three used in the Nehalem server family, a company representative said.

The input/output hub on Jasper Forest has been integrated right onto the chip.

Jasper Forest will come in a variety of versions and, including single processor core, dual core and quad-core versions.

Intel typically code names it chips for geographical locations and the new device is no different. Jasper Forest is a petrified forest in Arizona.

Intel released its new Xeon 3500 and Xeon 5500 processors, also part of the Nehalem EP family, last month and a number of major vendors have already begun selling servers based on the chips.

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