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OEMs Give Intel's Xeon E7 v2 Processor A Thumbs-Up

Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Dell and nearly two dozen system manufacturers are using Intel's Xeon E7 v2 processor to build a new generation of servers geared toward high-performance, big data analytics workloads. The 22-nanometer Xeon chips are based on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and have three times the memory, four times the I/O capacity, and a total-cost-of-ownership reduction of as much as 80 percent.

The news is a boost for Intel, which has been hit by the slowdown in PC sales that reduced demand for its processors. The Xeon design wins are proof that Intel's server processor business remains strong.