Intel's "Tulsa" die shot
Intel has moved the "Tulsa" launch up

Intel representatives today announced that the company intends to push up the launch of its "Opteron killer" code named Tulsa.  Tulsa is dual-core processor built Intel’s 65-nanometer process and is the last remnants of the NetBurst architecture. That is not to say however that Tulsa doesn’t still have a few tricks up her sleeve as DailyTech reported last month.

Alistar Kemp, an Intel spokesman for the Intel's server CPU group, claimed that Tulsa will appear in the third quarter of 2006 as opposed to the fourth quarter originally slated in the Intel roadmaps.

Tulsa is primarily aimed at systems with 4 to 8 physical processors and includes Intel’s HyperThreading, each Tulsa CPU contains two cores with HyperThreading support. So, for example, an eight socket Paxville system will show 32 logical CPUs. But by far the largest feature Tulsa offers is a massive shared L3 cache coming in both 8MB and 16MB parts as well as each CPU having a dedicated L2 cache.

Intel is also expecting to launch a Core-based processor, dubbed Woodcrest, later this month. Woodcrest benchmarks have already surfaced at review sites, and when compared to other NetBurtst-based Xeons, Woodcrest has the advantage.  However, Intel does not have any immediate plans on its roadmap to add Core-based Xeons for the 4+ socket server market.

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