Apr 6, 2011

Intel releases Xeon E7 10-core

Intel today announced a new family of Xeon E7 10-core dual-threaded processors. The xeon E7 is designed for very high performance servers and is the first chip from Intel for more than eight cores.

"The new Intel Xeon processor E7 family delivers record breaking performance with powerful new security, reliability and energy efficiency enhancements. The industry momentum we're seeing for this new server processor architecture is unparalleled in Intel's history,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group.

The ten-core chip supports up to 20 threads, is speed up to 40 percent faster and more efficient. Some parts of the chip can be disabled when not in use, for example while only a small load on the processor.

The Xeon E7 spread includes six-, eight- and ten-core server chips. According to Intel, the E7 range includes processors for two-, four- and eight-socket servers, and can be scaled all the way up to 256 sockets.

The Xeon E7 chip is based on the 32 nanometer manufacturing process, has 2 Terra Bytes of main memory, and 30 Mega bytes of last-level cache.