IDF Taiwan: Tyan shows off Quad-Core Xeon system

New computers to house a total of 40 cores each

Tyan Computer Corp. showed off one of the first hardware systems containing Quad-Core Xeon 5300 processors at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei on Monday.

The device, aimed at small offices or home offices, carries several of the new Intel Corp. chips, which contain four microprocessor cores each. Multicore chips allow a computer to split up heavy workloads, and Intel says it has worked hard to make them as power efficient as possible.

The new Tyan computers will contain a total of 40 cores each and perform at 250G flops (floating-point operations per second) or better, said Symon Chang, president and chief executive officer of the company.

The computers, which are taller than a large trunk but about the same width, will cost around US$25,000 to $30,000 each and will launch on Nov. 14, he added.

Intel has said it will bring its quad-core chips to market in a new line of Hewlett-Packard Co. workstations due to be introduced on Nov. 13.