In the move to fight their tight competition with AMD, Intel is introducing a new range of Nehalem-EX processors for enterprise machines. This processors will be offered to Bull, Cisco, Cray, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Inspur, NEC Oracle, SGI, Supermicro and Quanta for their next generation machines.
The Intel Nehalem-EX processors are known as the Xeon 6500 and 7500 series, where they are featuring 4, 6 or 8 cores in single chip, and up to 16 threads with 24MB of L3 cache, four QPI links, 95W and 130W TDP and about 20 new reliability features.
This type of overwhelming feature might not hit the consumer level soon, but I believe a similar version with lower production cost has been in the developing stage so consumer end can also reap some benefits of the 8-cores Xeon processors.
“The Xeon 7500 brings mission critical capabilities to the mainstream by delivering the most significant leap in performance, scalability and reliability ever seen from Intel,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president of the Intel architecture group and general manager of Intel’s data center group. “This combination will help users push to new levels of productivity, and accelerate the industry’s migration away from proprietary architectures. We are democratizing high-end computing.”