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Does Intel Have a 10-Core Xeon Processor in the Works?

Jun 24, 2010, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Intel Corp. has apparently tipped its hand, revealing an upcoming processor design in a session entry to a program guide for an upcoming semiconductor conference. Earlier this week, the Hot Chips conference sent out its initial schedule of speakers. The annual event is held every August on the campus of Stanford University, and an Intel entry in the program proved a bit more revealing than perhaps it should have been.

"On day two of the Hot Chips program is an entry entitled "Westmere-EX: A 20-Thread Server CPU," attributed to two Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) engineers. For its part, Intel spokespeople said they will not comment on rumor and speculation, even if it is their own entry into a well-respected semiconductor conference. Some deductive reasoning can be applied, however.

"Intel processors use Hyper-Threading, a technology that allows for the execution of two threads per core. That would mean this Westmere-EX processor is a 10-core chip."

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