Thursday, October 18th 2007
Some of you may already be familiar with Intel's SkullTrail or V8 systems that have been on display at the Intel Developer Forum. Designed to compete against the AMD Quad FX platform, the Intel SkullTrail comes with two CPU sockets, allowing eight processing cores on a single motherboard with multi-GPU capabilities. The guys over at Tech ARP have managed to obtain some additional info on the Intel SkullTrail project:
- The SkullTrail is only meant to be a temporary flagship or proof-of-technology product, not a permanent Intel product.
- The SkullTrail will use Socket 771. That means only Intel Xeons (like the upcoming 45nm Harpertown) can be used.
- The SkullTrail will require the use of FB-DIMMs (Fully Buffered DIMMs).
- The motherboard will have a 10-layer PCB.
- There will be a very limited production run, with only 2000 units to be manufactured.
- At this moment, Intel will only sell the SkullTrail motherboards online, directly from Intel.
- The SkullTrail motherboard will be very expensive, at > US$ 600.
- The SkullTrail motherboard is set for final tests in Week 50, 2007, in time for a launch in Q1'08.