TG Daily heard Intel started sampling "Jasper Forest", a new 45nm Xeon chip with built-in I/O hub. Steve Smith, vice president of digital enterprise group operations at Intel, reveals this solution requires 27W less than conventional quad-core Nehalems.
Because the I/O functions are normally handled by a separate controller, the integration not only cuts the power budget of a system, but also frees up space on the motherboard.
"We have removed a fairly large-footprint chip and saved power by integrating I/O on to a single chip," said Smith. "Jasper Forest is based on Nehalem but integrates the right peripherals for embedded communications devices and high-end storage like you have in a data centers.
"Bringing Nehalem to high-end embedded designs, we save board space and power."