Intel Updates Motherboard Roadmap With Sandy Bridge, Unveils New Software, Services

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Intel expanding its reach into the system builder market with one of its largest-ever motherboard releases, along with the introduction of new software and services it hopes will help its system builder partners add value to their servers and PCs.

Intel unveiled the new expanded product lines during its Intel Solutions Summit, held this week in Las Vegas.

Top of the list for Intel is a new motherboard family, the Intel Server Board S1200BT, which supports Intel's upcoming Xeon E3-1200 processor family, said Lisa Graff, vice president and general manager for Intel's Enterprise Platforms and Servers Division (EPSD).

The S1200BT marks the first instance of Intel's new Sandy Bridge processor architecture for servers, Graff said. The Xeon E3-1200 processor is the first processor based on Sandy Bridge.

The new motherboard is expected to be available in a one-socket version during the second quarter at the same time the Xeon E3-1200 processor ships, Graff said. A two-socket version for the Sandy Bridge EP expected to be available during the fourth quarter, and a four-socket version to come some time after that, she said.

The S1200BT includes Micro-ATX and ATX options, as well as BMC (baseboard management controller) and non-BMC options, for a total of six new SKUs. Intel is also introducing new pedestal and rack chasses options for the SB1200BT.

Intel's Xeon E3-1200 processor includes integrated PCI technology as well as increased raw performance and performance per Watt over its earlier Xeon 5500 Nehalem and Xeon 5600 Westmere processors, Graff said.

Intel is also refreshing its entire chassis line with the introduction of 30 new chassis with a new look and feel and common accessories, Graff said.

Intel also gave a look into its upcoming motherboard roadmaps.

Soon to come are several new four-socket motherboards, as well as new half-width motherboards. These "long and skinny" motherboards come in 2-socket versions to go with the 1-socket version previously introduced, Graff said. "This is the first time we are targeting the HPC (high-performance computing) market with a full family of 2-socket models," she said.

Also on deck are variations of Intel's motherboard line which Intel calls Max-IO and Max-Memory. Max-IO versions are for customers with I/O- intensive applications, while Max-Memory versions are for memory-intensive applications, Graff said. "As the market trends towards hyper-segregation, customers are more and more asking for these types of products," she said.


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