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Intel releases new chipset

Power boost for Internet-based applications

Intel has released the first chipset based on its XScale microarchitecture designed to increase the processing power of Internet-based applications.

The IOP310 I/O (input/output) processor chipset brings together Intel's new 80200 processor - based on the XScale microarchitecture - and its 80312 I/O companion chip.

The new chipset helps boost system performance to what Intel claims is triple the processing power of previous units while lowering heat production.

The increased power should help meet the requirements of advanced Internet storage systems and Internet infrastructure such as database and other applications, the chip maker said in a statement.

The new chipset should be available in four clock speeds, ranging from 333MHZ to 733MHz - all consuming just over 1 watt of power when pushed to the maximum.

Intel said the technology is likely to benefit storage markets first, including RAID (redundant array of independent disks), SAN (storage area networks) and NAS (network attached storage.)

The chip giant also said it will expand investment in fast processors, chipsets and development kits in the applied computing market segment.

In particular, Intel's Pentium III processors at 850MHz and 866MHz and its 815 and 815E chipsets will benefit from the increased support, the chip maker said. Intel will additionally introduce the 815E Scalable Performance Board development kit.


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