Intel's Body Davis with eight-core chip: a milestone for Intel.
Intel is integrating the largest number of processing cores onto one chip in its history “Xeon 7500 offers what Intel's saying is the largest performance leap in the history of its Xeon line, with an average three-fold jump in performance. And putting eight cores on one die--the raw chip--offers practical advantages to data centers, which can replace 20 single core, four-chip servers with a single new Xeon 7500 processor series-based system, according to Intel. Servers using Xeon 7500 can use up to 256 chips per server, Intel said. Like other Intel Core i series processors, Xeon 7500 features a tech called "hyper-threading," which can double number of tasks--or threads--a processor can execute. So, an eight-core processor can handle 16 threads. This technology isn’t offered on prior-generation Core 2 chips. Pricing for Xeon 7500 will range from $1,980 for a six-core X7542 to $3,692 to eight-core X7560. This contrasts with a 12-core 2.3GHz AMD 6100 series chip priced at $1,386. Server makers slated to supply Xeon 7500-based systems include Cisco Systems, Cray, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC, Oracle, and SGI,” reports Brooke Crothers.