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Mac Pro Could Go 8-core with Quad-core Xeons, and Intel Enters Flash Drive Market

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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2007.03.16

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Mac Pro Could Move to More Efficient Quad-core Xeons

Macworld UK's Robert Mullins reports:

"Intel quad-core microprocessors that work at an energy efficient 50 watts per processor will officially be on the market from today, according to the company.

"Apple already uses Intel's Xeon chip in its Mac Pro. The company may choose to move to the new energy efficient quad-core Xeon processor."

Intel 'Robson' Flash Cache Reborn as USB Unit

The Register's Tony Smith reports:

"Intel has become the latest chip maker to offer a Flash-based solid-state hard drive, though it's pitching the part not as a replacement for magnetic hard disk storage but as an adjunct to it.

"The unwieldy named Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive will be offered in 1, 2, 4 and 8 GB capacities. Each card connects to the host through an internal connection that used USB 1.1 and 2.0 signalling for compatibility with existing systems....

"Interestingly, Intel said it sees roles for the Z-U130 in servers, desktops and notebooks. Previously, it announced 'Robson', a Mini PCI module designed to add Flash to laptops and set to be offered as an optional adjunct to 'Santa Rosa', the next major version of its Centrino platform."

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