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."