Intel Unveils New 8 Core Xeon Processor
Intel revealed the new line of Xeon server chips on Wednesday. The Nehalem EX will be available in the second half of this year, and has the potential for 8 cores. Using the technology found in the i7 line of processors, there will be 2 threads per core on the new chips. The chip will have 2.3 billion transistors, overtaking the Tukwila iteration of the Itanium line that featured 2 billion transistors. The chip will also feature 24MB of cache and 2 integrated memory controllers to keep the processor busy. The EX will provide much more than the latest AMD offering, Istanbul, due to the Quick Path Interconnect technology that will allow up to 8 chips to be paired, resulting in 64 cores.