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Intel to show 8-core Xeon on Feb. 9th

updated 04:10 pm EST, Thu January 29, 2009

Intel 8 Core Xeon on Feb 9

Intel will give its first public look at an 8-core Xeon processor in less than two weeks at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, the show's schedule (PDF) reveals. The unnamed chip will double the core count of existing Xeons and is based on the same 45 nanometer manufacturing process and Nehalem architecture that underpins the Core i7. The shift adds Hyperthreading and will let even a single-socket Xeon processor theoretically address as many as 16 simultaneous program threads at once by putting two threads on each core.

No other details are directly revealed, though Nehalem brings with it the newer point-to-point QuickPath technology that eliminates the need for a dedicated system bus between the processor and peripherals.

Intel isn't expected to release the 8-core processor at the event, which often touches on roadmaps rather than production hardware. However, quad-core Nehalem Xeons are expected to arrive in the early part of the year and will be fundamentally similar outside of their reduced multi-processing. [via ZDNet]

by MacNN Staff



  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A first! in a long time..

    If my memory serves me correctly, the last couple times we saw intel give some upgrade love to the powerful end of their lines, they were announced with an update to MacPros.

    Now intel is breaking away from the Apple announcement. Is this due to the non-Macworld media platform?

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