Intel to reveal eight-core Xeon processor Feb. 9

Intel to reveal eight-core Xeon processor Feb. 9

Summary: Intel plans to reveal an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on Feb. 9, offering a preview of the company's first eight-core chip.

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Intel plans to reveal an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on Feb. 9, offering a preview of the company's first eight-core chip.

Details about the chip are scarce, and the ISSCC program reveals only that Intel executives will discuss an eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer process.

"We are presenting 16 papers at ISSCC, but don't have anything further to share at this point," said Nick Jacobs, an Intel spokesman in Singapore.

The timing of the presentation suggests the eight-core Xeon processor is likely to be the Nehalem EP EX processor, an upcoming chip that is designed for dual-socket servers and workstations for 4 and 8 socket systems. This segment of the Xeon line is due for a refresh, and the Nehalem EP EX processor is scheduled to be released in Q4 of this year.

Like other Nehalem chips, the Nehalem EP EX chips will include an integrated memory controller and use Intel's Quick Path Interconnect (QPI), which replaces the front-side bus and allows more data to flow between the processors and other components in the computer, speeding up the computer's overall performance.

Editor's note: This post originally and incorrectly suggested that Intel's upcoming announcement of an eight-core Xeon chip could be the Nehalem EP processor. That speculation was originally by Macworld and is incorrect; the EP chip is only four-core. Former ZDNet blogger George Ou has indicated that the appropriate chip would be the eight-core Nehalem EX. At the time of this update (1/30/09), Macworld's post has not been corrected.

Topics: Servers, Hardware, Intel, Processors

Andrew Nusca

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  • Um...about those inventory levels...

    Maybe Intel should try to sell some of its quad-core inventory before bringing out 8-core.
    Techboy_z
    • Yeah and support what they have already...

      Nobody is making use of the i7 Xeons already released, so why are they jumping to 8 cores already? Where are all the dual-cpu motherboards for the quad core i7 Xeons? Once the supporting equipment development falls far behind the pace of new releases, it becomes pointless to keep releasing stuff. Help get your current processors onto desktops before releasing the next wave. Jeez.
      BillDem
  • Nehalem-EP is a 4-core due this quarter, Nehalem-EX is the 8-core

    "The timing of the presentation suggests the eight-
    core Xeon processor is likely to be the Nehalem EP
    processor"

    No.

    Nehalem-EP is a 4-core for dual socket servers due
    this quarter, Nehalem-EX is the 8-core for
    Multiprocessor systems (4 to 8 sockets) due in Q4-
    2009.
    georgeou
    • Even the picture posted shows EX, not EP

      nt
      georgeou
      • Thanks.

        It's been corrected.
        andrew.nusca
        • More corrections needed

          "an upcoming chip that is designed for dual-
          socket servers and workstations."

          No, Nehalem-EX (even shown in the picture) is
          for 4 and 8 socket systems. The picture shows
          only 4 processors but they do have 8 processor
          versions as well. Nehalem-EX is due in Q4 this
          year.

          Nehalem-EP is for dual-socket servers coming
          out this quarter.
          georgeou
  • this is all very nice but...

    I'm still waiting for products featuring those dual core Atoms Intel released before the Christmas selling season.

    rosanlo