Israel has again moved to the forefront of a new chip revolution as Intel Corp., the world's largest maker of semiconductors, launched its server-oriented next generation microprocessor series, which offers increased performance with lower power consumption and promises to be the fastest ramping product in the company's history. "Simply put, the Core microarchitecture is a technical marvel that is driving a new era of power efficiency without compromising on what can only be described as eye-popping dual-core 64bit performance," said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. The next generation Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5100 series for two-ways systems, which was developed at Intel's Research & Development Center in Haifa and previously had been code-named Woodcrest, delivers up to 135 percent performance improvements and up to 40% reduction in energy consumption over previous Intel server products. The 5100 series will be available at frequencies up to 3.0 Gigahertz speed with the fastest chip featuring a 1333 Megahertz system bus. The chips use Intel's Core architecture with 4 Megabytes of shared L2 cache or memory reservoir between both cores. Intel said it expected this server family to be the fastest-ramping product in the company's history. More than 200 server and workstation models are planned from more than 150 manufacturers with initial orders starting Monday. The Intel-based servers are expected to reduce real estate-associated costs and space, cooling requirements and electrical demand in server data centers for IT managers while increasing responsiveness, productivity and server uptime This new microarchitecture also will be the foundation for Intel's upcoming mobile and desktop products branded as Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The new chips have two execution cores and were made using 65nm process technology. Some of the many new innovations for this multicore-optimized architecture include Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, which delivers more instructions per cycle for improved and more efficient data transferring. Intel has priced the 5100 processor family, consisting of six chips, from $209 to $851 in 1,000 unit quantities, depending on features. Intel said it would also provide extended lifecycle support of five to seven years for its communications, storage and embedded customers. The top-priority line of Intel activity in Israel is R&D. Among the achievements of the research center in Haifa and its divisions in Yakum and Jerusalem are the first PC processor with a 8-bit 8088 bus, Intel Pentium MMX and Intel Centrino. The development center in Petah Tikva plays a leading role in Intel Mobility Group since the first processor (codenamed Manitoba) for mobile phones was designed in 2003.