As part of a pre-ISSCC conference call, Intel has officially confirmed its 8-core, 16-thread-capable Xeon CPU - codenamed Nehalem-EX.
Unfortunately for those licking their lips at the prospect of 64-thread performance in a four-processor setup, Intel didn't go into any further detail. All we know thus far is that four of Intel's 17 papers will reveal further details when the ISSCC kicks off on Monday February 8th.
Having refused to divulge information such as die-size, we've got just the one semi-interesting slide to mull over for the rest of the week.
Still no mention of the 128-thread Boxboro-EX chipset due later this year, but if you just can't wait for Nehalem-based Xeon goodness, quad-core parts - codenamed Nehalem-EP - are already up for order.