facebook rss twitter

Intel set to announce eight-core Nehalem Xeon CPU next month

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 January 2009, 14:46

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qaqun

Add to My Vault: x

Thinking back to last year, Intel released some juicy morsels on its Silverthorne (Atom) CPU during the International Solid State Circuits Conference held in February.

This year, continuing the theme of major announcements at ISSCC, Intel will be putting forward 16 papers, two more than last year, with the eight-core Xeon chip taking centre stage.


Based on the proven, scalable Nehalem architecture, the octo-core, 16-thread-capable Xeon will, presumably, take all the other benefits associated with the Nehalem line, including hyperthreading support, integrated memory-controller, and QPI links to the system and other processors in the box.

Weighing in at 2.3bn transistors, we reckon that the first batch of eight-core Xeons will fit into a 2P server environment, with 4P EX models to follow a little later on.

The move to octo-core processing, per CPU, was always going to happen in 2009, but it's a slight surprise to see it so early in the year. Announcement and shipping product are two very different animals, however.

HEXUS Forums :: 10 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
I wonder how eight cores sharing that memory interface will hold up.
Christ this is gunna be an insanely fast machine
Christ this is gunna be an insanely fast machine

Or is it…
What ESX was built for!

God I want one (or 2) of these, just think what you could do with 2 of these and 64GB of RAM.
About bloody time.