Intel processor promises ‘dramatic increase’ in performance

Intel has announced plans to launch a new Xeon processor it claims will deliver a number of new technical advancements and boost computing performance.

The Nehalem-EX processor is said to feature up to eight cores inside a single chip supporting 16 threads and 24Mb of cache. According to Intel, this will result in a dramatic increase in performance which the company says will be the highest ever jump from a previous generation processor – up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform. Nehalem-EX promises new levels of performance and has been designed for server consolidation, virtualised applications, data demanding enterprise applications and technical computing environments. The processor will double the memory capacity of its previous generation platform with up to 16 memory slots per processor socket and offer four high bandwidth QuickPath interconnect links. Nehalem-EX is scheduled for production in the second half of 2009.