Apple introduces Quad 64-bit processors on Xserve

Apple Computer has announced its next-generation Xserve, a Quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS X Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz. The new hardware is said to result in performance that is more than five times that of its predecessor.

Apple said the new Xserve delivered up to four times the I/O bandwidth, up to three times the memory bandwidth and twice the storage bandwidth of the Xserve G5. It is customizable with dozens of options, including faster processors, larger hard drives and dual power supplies.

Widely used for media production workgroups and streaming applications, the XServe now ships with internal graphics that can drive up to a 23in 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.

XServe comes with QuickTime Streaming Server and QuickTime Broadcaster pre-installed. These applications provide a complete, integrated solution for broadcasting and streaming multimedia over the Internet.

With QuickTime Streaming Server, Xserve can stream digital video — for news, entertainment or educational content — over the Internet using RTP/RTSP. QuickTime Broadcaster captures and encodes QuickTime content in the latest media formats, including MP3, 3GPP, MPEG-4 and AAC audio. Together, Apple said, they provide an inexpensive, end-to-end solution for delivering live events over the Internet.

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