Intel on Tuesday
announced the availability of the“Westemere-EX” family of 32nm server chips
. The launch means that the title of Intel's fastest server chip, which hitherto belonged to the native 8-core Nehalem-EX processor, now firmly rests with the 10-core Westemere-EX. The new chips, eighteen in all, are no longer known by the Westemere-EX codename, but by the Xeon E7 product line that they now form.
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 company claims that Xeon E7 processors deliver up to 40 percent greater performance than the Xeon 7500 series processor family. Describing its performance as record breaking, the chip maker revealed that the E7 family has set more than a dozen world records in performance.
"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 chip maker also announced the availability of over 35 Xeon E7 family-based platforms from a number of leading manufacturers, including Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM and Oracle.