Intel to Boost Number of Cores Inside Next-Gen Xeon, Core Extreme Microprocessors

Intel's Ivy Bridge-E/EP to Have Up to Twelve Cores

by Anton Shilov
10/01/2012 | 09:59 PM

Even though Intel Corp.'s Ivy Bridge-E/EP chips will arrive only in the third quarter of next year, substantially later than a year after Sandy Bridge-E/EP, they will be more powerful than originally expected as the new chip design sports no less than twelve cores, a media report claims.


The new Ivy Bridge-E/EP design, which is set to emerge in the third quarter 2013 and to power various microprocessor products, will have physical twelve cores and 30MB level-three cache, up significantly from eight cores and 20MB L3 cache inside Sandy Bridge-E/EP, reports VR-Zone web-site. The Ivy Bridge-E variation of the chip will be the base for high-end enthusiast-class Core Extreme processors as well as workstation-class Xeon chips, whereas the Ivy Bridge-EP will be be used for Xeon chips for dual-socket severs.

It is expected that Ivy Bridge-E central processing units will have eight or ten cores (thus will have two cores disabled) as well as high clock-speeds to provide decent performance in workstation applications as well as video games. The Ivy Bridge-EP will come with all cores enabled and therefore will feature up to twelve cores. The new chips will be made using 22nm process technology and will have up to 150W thermal design power. The new processors will retain LGA2011 packaging.

At present Intel Xeon processors "Sandy Bridge-EP" for dual-socket servers have maximum of eight cores, whereas Intel Xeon "Westmere-EX" for multi-socket servers feature up to ten cores. With the Ivy Bridge-E/EP the world's largest maker of chips will be able to offer whopping twelve cores even for mainstream servers.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.