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Intels new C5500/C3500 series processors, formerly code-named Jasper Forest, have been heralded by some as one of the most significant advancements in storage in the last decade. Sister site InfoStor.com reports on the advanced storage features and functions of the Jasper Forest family.
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently began production shipments of its C5500/C3500 series processors, formerly code-named Jasper Forest. The chips, which are based on the Nehalem architecture and are part of the Xeon line of CPUs, are optimized for embedded storage and communications systems.
David Tuhy, general manager in Intels Storage Group, says there are four key features that storage vendors and end users will benefit from: a built-in RAID accelerator, asynchronous DRAM self-refresh technology, PCIe non-transparent bridging, and increased bandwidth.
Promise Technology, a RAID controller and array vendor, hopes to be among the first to deliver RAID arrays using the Jasper Forest processors. Promise plans to ship limited quantities of C5500/C3500-based storage systems in the fourth quarter, with production shipments expected in the first quarter of next year.
In a press release announcing its plans to integrate the Jasper Forest processors into future storage systems, Promises vice president of engineering, Jin-Lon Hon, called the C5500/C3500 one of the most significant advancements in the storage industry in the past decade.
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