By TAN KIT HOONG firstname.lastname@example.org
KUALA LUMPUR: Intel Corp has just announced its latest server processor, the Xeon 7500, which features up to a whopping eight cores on a single chip.
Based on the Nehalem architecture, the Xeon 7500 series is noteworthy because it integrates all eight cores onto the die. Together with HyperThreading, this gives it a total of 16 logical processors.
According to Intel, the performance gain is up to 3x over previous Xeon 7400 models, which means that a single Xeon 7500 system can potentially replace 20 older single core Xeon servers and still see the same performance.
The Xeon 7500 is also the first Xeon processor to feature Machine Check Architecture Recovery, which allows the chip to work with the operating system and virtual machine manager to recover otherwise fatal system errors.
The Xeon 7500 is available in quad-, six- and eight-core versions and comes in clock frequencies up to 2.66GHz, 24MB of Intel Smart Cache memory, and Intel Turbo Boost.
The Xeon 7500 is also scalable and can support up to 256 chips per server, with up to eight times the memory bandwidth over the Xeon 7400, Intel said.
Dell, Fujitsu, NEC, HP and IBM, amongst others, are expected to announce systems based on the Xeon 7500 soon.