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The new Westmere-EX CPU will bring 10 cores to a single server socket.  (Source: Anandtech)

Intel will keep the CORE-ix brand names for its upcoming "Sandy Bridge" architecture redesign.  (Source: Anandtech)

"Sandy Bridge" will use a ring bus to allow the on-chip cores and media units (including the on-die GPU) to access the cache.  (Source: Anandtech)
Chipmaker doesn't reveal launch date for the Westmere-EX

Intel likely today set those looking to deploy a high-performance single socket server solution salivating with its unveiling of the Westmere-EX.  Following the Gulftown lineup -- which trickled out starting in March 2010 -- the Westmere-EX is Intel's latest 32 nm Westmere chip.

Westmere is very similar to the
Nehalem 45 nm architecture, meaning it's a "tick" design -- not a major redesign.  That's not to say there isn't enough to be excited about here, though.  Intel is making good use of its extra die space saved by the shrink and the Westmere-EX packs an incredible 10 cores in a single socket package.  That adds up to a total of 20 threads.

For the supercomputing-minded, the new chip bumps the amount of usable memory from 1TB (64 DIMM slots) to 2TB.  There's no official word on the name of the processor -- past
Gulftown server designs were in the Xeon 3600- and 5600-series.  Also not revealed are clock speeds and launch date.

Perhaps more exciting was new details Intel revealed about its upcoming "tock" (architecture redesign), code-named
Sandy Bridge The upcoming 32 nm architecture will feature a ring design for its last-level cache access.  Cache will be accessible by an on-chip 3D Graphics Processing Unit, the four (or potentially more) cores, and the Media Processing unit.  The ring bus is designed to deliver high-bandwidth to the various connected cores in the chip.

The processor will feature the return of Turbo Boost mode, which allows the easy overclocking of Intel's processors.

Sandy Bridge PC processors will keep the CORE-i3, i5, and i7 designations and will be rebranded the  "new CORE-i3..."  That approach is likely to create confusion among customers about exactly what they're buying, given that the average user likely wouldn't be able to pick a Nehalem i7 from a Westmere i7 or Sandy Bridge i7.

On a more positive note, though, 
AnandTech is reporting that the Media Processing Unit will include video transcode hardware.  In a demo that hardware crunched ~1 minute long 30Mbps 1080p HD video clip to an iPhone compatible format in under 10 seconds.  The transcode hardly can be viewed as Intel's attempt to fend of NVIDIA's GPU computing from entering the consumer market.

GPU computing is a hot new field of computing -- it centers around the notion that dedicated video hardware can outperform CPUs at a number tasks, including chemical simulations, video encoding, physics simulations, and more.



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By Beenthere on 9/13/2010 8:45:25 PM , Rating: -1
...because the O/S and software is so poor.

For those who don't understand the "game" it goes like this:

Develop a new O/S and application software that is so bloated they require a powerful CPU and VID card just to be usable. Repeat every three years and throw in some whistles and bells for the naive. Reap fortunes as a result... at consumer's expense of course.

Be sure to require new larger HDs, RAM, heatsinks, PSUs, etc. to power the new CPUs and GPUs and the suppliers will laugh all the way to the bank. Oh and be sure to stop all security and O/S defect upgrades after five years so consumers have little choice but to buy new crap with even more security and defect issues than the old crap had.

Sheep are good for business.




By Pessimism on 9/15/2010 9:24:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed


By kyleb2112 on 9/16/2010 4:23:52 AM , Rating: 2
Conspiracies!
The shortcut stupid people take to feel smart.


By mlmiller1 on 9/17/2010 6:21:01 AM , Rating: 2
I am borrowing that quote!


By YashBudini on 9/21/2010 11:15:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Conspiracies!
The shortcut stupid people take to feel smart.

And so you believe 7 World Trade fell down for the reasons the government told you.

Now who's taking shortcuts?


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