Thursday, September 4th 2008

Intel Prepares 6-core Server Xeon 7400 Processor for September

On September 15th Intel plans to fabricate the Intel Xeon 7400 Dunnington series processor, the company's last Penryn generation processor to be released. Xeon 7400 will mark the end of a previous server era, and after it the new Nehalem Core i7 processor family will start to appear in the fourth quarter. The Xeon 7400 will be Intel's first 6-core server chip. It will be produced using 45nm high-k process technology and will boast 16MB of L3 cache. The Xeon 7400 Dunnington series is also one of the first Intel chips to have a monolithic design, like Nehalem. In other words, all six cores will be on one piece of silicon. To date, for any processor having more than two cores, Intel has put two separate pieces of silicon - referred to as die - inside of one chip package. Server vendors announcing Xeon 7400 powered products will include Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM and Unisys, according to Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger.


Source: CNET News
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18 Comments on Intel Prepares 6-core Server Xeon 7400 Processor for September

#1
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
im guessing these are only gonna be s771?

i'd like to get ahold of one if its a s775 chip.
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#2
Dark_Webster
It will probably use one of the new sockets...
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#3
suraswami
"The Xeon 7400 Dunnington series is also one of the first Intel chips to have a monolithic design, like Nehalem. In other words, all six cores will be on one piece of silicon" - one more thing Intel follows AMD on tech.

Damn u AMD why can't you patent all those great things you did.

Guess this is going to be another killer in the server market.
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#4
mdm-adph
What the hell -- they totally could have released this in the Core 2 series, as well, couldn't they have?
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#5
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: fitseries3
im guessing these are only gonna be s771?

i'd like to get ahold of one if its a s775 chip.
Actually I believe all 7000 series still use s604. Either way they are Xeon MP's, not something anyone uses at home. Xeon MP > pricey.
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#6
evil bill
by: suraswami
Damn u AMD why can't you patent all those great things you did.
oh come on, you are joking I hope - whether its 2 cores, 4 cores, 6 cores or 100 cores on one piece of silicon, it amounts to a variation on a theme and is not something you can patent.
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#7
suraswami
by: evil bill
oh come on, you are joking I hope - whether its 2 cores, 4 cores, 6 cores or 100 cores on one piece of silicon, it amounts to a variation on a theme and is not something you can patent.
no I am not joking. Anything you do you think is unique you can patent here in the US:D
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: suraswami
no I am not joking. Anything you do you think is unique you can patent here in the US:D
Partly true, from what I understand many patents fall in court for obvious reasons.
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suraswami
by: DanTheBanjoman
Partly true, from what I understand many patents fall in court for obvious reasons.
atleast could have got license rights like Intels X86. AMD could have done with A64 with 64 bit extensions and with the rights money AMD would have just retired with no cpus making at all. Thats a load of money there.
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#10
3870x2
yes, get 2 of these skulltrail, 12 cores FTW!!!
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#11
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: suraswami
atleast could have got license rights like Intels X86. AMD could have done with A64 with 64 bit extensions and with the rights money AMD would have just retired with no cpus making at all. Thats a load of money there.
i think they did so intel made their own x64 code ateast thats the assumption im going to as cpu-z shows difirent x64 micro code between intel and amd procs.
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#12
3870x2
by: suraswami
"The Xeon 7400 Dunnington series is also one of the first Intel chips to have a monolithic design, like Nehalem. In other words, all six cores will be on one piece of silicon" - one more thing Intel follows AMD on tech.

Damn u AMD why can't you patent all those great things you did.

Guess this is going to be another killer in the server market.
that would secure their investments, however you can't patent something so broad, its like patenting the wheel;)
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#13
_jM
by: Dark_Webster
It will probably use one of the new sockets...
No it wont.. If you had read more you will see that it states that it will have the same socket design .. but all 6 cores will be on a single silicon (die). the i7 family will be released later on this year. :toast:
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#14
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: suraswami
atleast could have got license rights like Intels X86. AMD could have done with A64 with 64 bit extensions and with the rights money AMD would have just retired with no cpus making at all. Thats a load of money there.
the x86 thing is a cross license. Intel gets to use AMD stuff by default.

http://contracts.corporate.findlaw.com/agreements/amd/intel.license.2001.01.01.html

Besides, if this wasn't the case many things would be different. Intel most likely knew about AMD's x64 stuff far before the public knew, they would probably have rushed their own 64 bit platform or paid Microsoft huge amounts of cash to make a third 64 bit Windows (MS not doing that is the reason Intel uses AMD's 64 bit extensions).

Either way, whatever the reality would be in that case, considering the size of Intel and AMD, I doubt AMD would be sitting on the beach enjoying retired life.
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#15
suraswami
by: DanTheBanjoman
the x86 thing is a cross license. Intel gets to use AMD stuff by default.

http://contracts.corporate.findlaw.com/agreements/amd/intel.license.2001.01.01.html

Besides, if this wasn't the case many things would be different. Intel most likely knew about AMD's x64 stuff far before the public knew, they would probably have rushed their own 64 bit platform or paid Microsoft huge amounts of cash to make a third 64 bit Windows (MS not doing that is the reason Intel uses AMD's 64 bit extensions).

Either way, whatever the reality would be in that case, considering the size of Intel and AMD, I doubt AMD would be sitting on the beach enjoying retired life.
Its always fun to stir up such threads:D
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#16
theJesus
@everybody who was wondering what socket this will be on, and to the person who said to put these on skulltrail:

These will be for socket 604. If you look at the picture, it says something like "socket compatible with 7300". Xeon 7300 uses socket 604. That also means no skulltrail, cuz that uses socket 771 :p.
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#18
lemonadesoda
We want DP Lxxx s771 version! (Low power spec).
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