Intel’s 10-Core Xeon Processor Shipping Soon

Intel’s 8-core Nehalem-EX will be shoved aside as the chip maker’s fastest server chip, conceding the performance crown to Westmere-EX, a 10-core Xeon processor. One of the talking heads at Intel said you can expect Westmere-EX to land in servers somet…

Intel’s 8-core Nehalem-EX will be shoved aside as the chip maker’s fastest server chip, conceding the performance crown to Westmere-EX, a 10-core Xeon processor. One of the talking heads at Intel said you can expect Westmere-EX to land in servers sometime in the first half of 2011, PCWorld reports. What isn’t yet known is exactly how fast it will come clocked, only that it will outpace Nehalem-EX with two additional cores and improved latency.

As you might imagine, Westmere-EX is intended for high performance servers that need the additional horsepower, such as data centers maintaining large databases. Each of Westmere-EX’s cores can run two threads, and since it will run in servers with up to eight sockets, there’s potential for 160 simultaneous threads.

The 10-core Xeon chip is built using a 32nm manufacturing process, down from Nehalem-EX’s 45nm, and is socket compatible with existing Nehalem-EX chips.

Nvidia Downplays Sandy Bridge Snafu, Praises Intel

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Nvidia has been virtually unaffected by Intel’s initially flawed 6-series chipset and is still on the same schedule to ship Sandy Bridge-based products, CNet reports. Huang made the comments during a conference call earli…

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said Nvidia has been virtually unaffected by Intel’s initially flawed 6-series chipset and is still on the same schedule to ship Sandy Bridge-based products, CNet reports. Huang made the comments during a conference call earlier ths week, and in a change of pace from what we’ve come to expect from the candidly outspoken CEO, he even heaped on a bit of praise for the company he once promised to “open a can of whoop-ass” on.

After reassuring investors that Nvidia has “not experienced a disruption so far,” Huang went on to say he thinks “Intel is a doing quite a good job helping everyone cover.”

Everyone, including OEMs, were caught off guard by the Sandy Bridge snafu, and Intel was quick to issue a recall. The chip maker later agreed to ship boards to OEMs who promised to only use the non-affected SATA 0/1 ports when configuring systems, and Intel has been scrambling to get updated silicon into the hands of of system builders. Point being, there’s truth to what Huang is saying, we just didn’t expect it coming from Nvidia. The Nvidia of old — the one that existed before the two sides buried the hatchet for $1.5 billion and finally hammered out a new licensing agreement — would have pounced on the Sandy Bridge situation with entertaining sound bites. And now? “Intel is doing quite a good job.” Color us a little disappointed.

Watch the fantastic voyage into a computer’s brain [Video]

The people at Sciency Stuff got a dead Intel processor, tore it apart and made an autopsy using an electronic microscope. They zoomed in 3,160 times. Play the video while you shout “ENHANCE!”…

The people at Sciency Stuff got a dead Intel processor, tore it apart and made an autopsy using an electronic microscope. They zoomed in 3,160 times. Play the video while you shout “ENHANCE!” in your brain. More »

New 11.6 inch MacBook Air Coming with MCP89 Chipset

A report from CNET states they have confirmed details on a new 11.6 inch MacBook Air that is slated for launch by Apple next week at the October 20th “Back to Mac” event. The device is expected to have an Nvidia MCP89 chipset, which is the same as the current MacBook Pro. While a price... Read More…

A report from CNET states they have confirmed details on a new 11.6 inch MacBook Air that is slated for launch by Apple next week at the October 20th “Back to Mac” event. The device is expected to have an Nvidia MCP89 chipset, which is the same as the current MacBook Pro. While a price is not known as of yet, the site claims the new MacBook Air will debut for less than the currently available $1499 model.

Our friends over at AppleInsider are also reporting this story, and saying the device will weight as little as 2.7lbs, and may include the “first CPU microprocessors from AMD to find their way inside a Mac“.

[CNET via 9to5Mac]

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