Nehalem-EX – 8 cores, 128 threads

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
  • Advanced RAS capabilities including MCA Recovery
  • 2.3 billion transistors

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.

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