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Apple Introduces Xserve with Quad 64-bit Xeon

Apple Introduces Xserve with Quad 64-bit Xeon Processors New Xserve
is Over Five Times Faster Than its Predecessor

WWDC 2006, SAN FRANCISCO–August 7, 2006–Apple today announced the
new Xserve, a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS X Server
Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz,
resulting in performance that is over five times that of its
predecessor.* With an industry-leading high bandwidth server
architecture that includes PCI Express, independent 1.33 GHz front
side buses with 4MB of shared L2 cache, and fully-buffered DIMMs
(FB-DIMMs), the new Xserve delivers up to four times the I/O
bandwidth, up to three times the memory bandwidth and twice the
storage bandwidth of the Xserve G5. The new Xserve is Apple’s most
customizable server yet with dozens of options, including faster
processors, larger hard drives and dual power supplies. With over one
million possible build to order configurations, the Intel-based
Xserve delivers unbeatable flexibility, manageability and price
performance that make it ideal for everything from creative
workgroups to scientific computing.

“Xserve has always been the perfect server for Mac workgroups and now
it will run over five times faster for the same breakthrough price,”
said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide
Product Marketing. “With new Intel processors, a redesigned hardware
architecture, and an unlimited Tiger Server client access license, no
one can offer better price performance and manageability in a 1U

Configurable with two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running either
2.0, 2.66 or 3.0 GHz, the new Xserve supports up to 32GB of 667 MHz
DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory with twice the capacity and three times the
bandwidth of the Xserve G5. Two eight-lane PCI Express expansion
slots provide up to 2GB/s of throughput each to support the next
generation of fibre channel, networking and graphics cards. Apple
delivers industry-leading storage flexibility with support for up to
three 3Gb/s SATA or SAS drives that can achieve an unrivaled 2.25TB
of hot-plug storage in a 1U server while advanced thermal management
capabilities take advantage of the low power of the Intel processors,
running as low as 65W.

Apple has made the system even easier to manage with quick deployment
rails for rack mounting, a new lights out management system that lets
administrators control the hardware from a remote location and by
including Apple’s Server Monitor software and Remote Desktop agent.

The new Xserve ships with internal graphics that can drive up to a 23
inch Cinema Display as well as industry standard VGA devices and
offers an ATI Radeon X1300 256MB PCI Express graphics card for
professional graphics and video applications as a build to order

The Intel-based Xserve will be the first system to ship with a
preinstalled unlimited client edition of Tiger Server software that
is optimized to run on Intel-based systems. Tiger Server integrates
over 100 leading open source projects and standards-based software
applications with easy-to-use management tools that make it easy to
deploy for Mac, Windows and Linux clients.

Apple offers a choice of world-class services and support programs
for Xserve including AppleCare Premium Service that offers four-hour
on-site response and 24×7 technical support. For self servicing
customers, Apple offers complete Service Parts Kits to address the
majority of potential field problems.

Pricing & Availability
The new Xserve is scheduled to be available in October 2006 through
the Apple Store ( and Apple Authorized Resellers. The
Xserve base configuration includes two 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
processors with 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM RAM, a single 80GB
3Gb/s SATA Apple Drive Module, dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board,
internal graphics, three FireWire 800 and two USB 2.0 ports, and an
unlimited client license of Mac OS X Server version 10.4 Tiger for a
suggested retail price of $2,999. Build to order options and
accessories include dual 2.66 or 3.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
processors; up to 32GB of 667 MHz FB-DIMM RAM; 80GB and 750GB 7200
rpm 3Gb/s SATA or 73GB and 300GB 15,000 rpm SAS Apple Drive Modules;
ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card with 256MB SDRAM; Combo or SuperDrive;
and 650W redundant power supply.

*Based on estimated results of industry-standard SPECint rate tests.
SPEC is a registered trademark of Standard Performance Evaluation
Corporation (SPEC); See for more information.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the
Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the
Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation
with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating
system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also
spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable
music players and iTunes online music store.

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