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2006-03-15
intel Xserve?
intel has started shipping Sossaman processors, low-voltage Xeon processors based on the Core Duo notebook processor aimed at 1U-rack servers like the Xserve.
According to the article from TheRegister linked above, the chip runs at 2 GHz and its two cores share 2MB of L2 cache. There's also a 1.66 GHz version, which would be of less interest to Apple, I guess. Apple could make single processor (dual core) and dual processor (quad core) models available anytime now, theoretically.
Comments:
This was my thoughts exactly as I saw the news. I had thought that the low power xeons were coming in the fall, but this is not the first time I was mistaken :)
 
Well, there probably will be faster ones based on Merom/Conroe by then, but if Apple jumps onto this performance/watt thing, Sossamann could really be the processor for Xserves. Heck: It could even be the processor for the Mac Pro, really. :)
 
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