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Even though Intel Corp.’s chief executive officer once promised to start shipping octa-core microprocessors based on Nehalem micro-architecture in 2008, there will be now processors with eight cores for mass desktop market for a while. According to unofficial information, high-end desktop processor code-named Westmere due in 2010 will have six cores.

Intel’s first processor from the Nehalem family aimed at servers, workstations and high-end desktops code-named Bloomfield that is due in the second half of 2008 and is made using 45nm process technology will have four processing engines with simultaneous multi-threading technology, built-in triple-channel memory controller, 8MB of shared L3 cache as well as QuickPath interconnect bus.

Intel’s code-named Westmere processors, which are second-generation Nehalem micro-architecture processors for servers, workstations and high-end desktops, will be made using 32nm process technology and will not have many differences compared to code-named Bloomfield chips apart from six processing cores and 12MB of L3 cache. Still, it will also have certain minor enhancements, e.g., code-named La Grande SX technology (enhanced Trusted Execution Technology), AES-NI encryption support and some other, reports PC Watch web-site. Thanks to multi-threading technology, Westmere chips will be able to execute up to 12 threads at once.

Just like Bloomfield, the six-core Westmere processor will utilize LGA1366 form-factor, though, it is unclear whether the chips will be able to share the same platform.

Officials from Intel Corp. did not comment on the news-story.

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I'm sick of hearing about what Intel are GOING to offer. How about they focus on getting some of your Q9x50 CPUs and X48 motherboards on the shelves.
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Welcome to the core wars.......................
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I think this product is very silly! Even for servers and the software they use it hard to benfit from all these cores unless it for software designed around a known server specification. Also has intel thinked how much strain 6 cores does on there FBS.

I think intel is better off getting ride of the 3rd dual package an put the on-chip Voltage regulator they shown at IDF 2005. Servers market would benfit alot more from better power managment then another dual core package on chip. The on-chip voltage regulator would free up alot of room on the motherboard, possible reduce heat from Voltage regulated if it was designed with the same process as the cpu, and less average heat from the processor. This would make Intel look more "GREEN" then amd and OEM would love them cause the cost of making motherboards would lessen due to less components on the board, and smaller board size. Though the costumer would probably having to pay more cause its a "GREEN" product!
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Yeah, but ATI's GPU has 320cores.....
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