Yesterday Intel revealed details of next-generation server processor, code-named Nehalem-EX, and it's pretty cool!
As you might have guessed, the Nehalem-EX is based on the Nehalem microarchitecture, which Intel debuted with the Xeon 5500 and Core i7 series of processors. While the Xeon 5500 and Core i7 processors feature 4 cores and 8 threads (thanks to Hyper-Threading), the Nehalem-EX series is kitted out with up to 8 cores and support for up to sixteen threads. To support the cores the Nehalem-EX has 24MB of cache.
Intel Nehalem Architecture built on Intel’s unique 45nm high-k metal gate technology process
Up to 8 cores per processor
Up to 16 threads per processor with Intel Hyper-threading
Scalability up to eight sockets via Quick Path Interconnects and greater with third-party node controllers
QuickPath Architecture with four high-bandwidth links
24MB of shared cache
Integrated memory controllers
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel scalable memory buffer and scalable memory interconnects
Up to 9x the memory bandwidth of previous generation
Support for up to 16 memory slots per processor socket
Nehalem-EX offers up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the Xeon 7400 platform and double the memory capacity thanks to 16 memory slots per processor socket. The Nehalem-EX will also incorporate 4 high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links per CPU allows 8 socket systems capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously (Nehalem-EX supports systems with up to 32-socket).
We can expect to see systems based on these processors to be available later this year. Currently there's no word on pricing.