Intel launches long-awaited 8-core Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
The processor provides an 80 percent improvement in performance compared to the previous Xeon 5600 series
Intel estimates that there will be 15 billion connected devices and 3 billion connected users by 2015, while the amount of global data centre IP traffic is forecast to grow by 33 percent annually, surpassing 4.8 zetabytes per year – more than three times the amount in 2011.
Intel's long-awaited Xeon E5-2600 processor is aimed at meeting the growing demands of cloud computing, consumerisation and big data by focusing on four key areas – performance, energy efficiency, I/O bandwidth and security.
Could the Xeon E5 processors be used in the next generation of Apple Mac Pros?
There is some speculation that Xeon E5 processors could be used in Apple's next generation of Mac Pro workstations. As E5 processors have up to eight cores, this would make for a 16-core Mac Pro, rather than the 12-core current flagship model.