Intel Launches 16 New Lead-Free, Energy-Efficient Chips

Intel Launches 16 New Lead-Free, Energy-Efficient Chips

Intel this week announced a new line of processors for servers and high-end PCs that it said will continue the steady increase in computing performance without increasing energy use.

The 16 new chips, which are the first to make use of Intel's Hafnium-based, high-k metal gate formula, are also manufactured with the company's new 45-nanometer manufacturing process, which will also contribute to increased performance and energy efficiency.

Products using these new products, which are as much as 25 percent smaller than previous versions, can be more cost-effective while increasing performance. And as Intel announced earlier this year, all of its chips made using the 45nm process will be 100 percent lead free, and beginning in 2008 will also be manufactured free of halogen materials.

The new chips will be available in Intel's Xeon processors and Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processors, and are expected to be available by the end of the year.