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2/25/08 at 11:01am
|With octo-core CPUs expected next year Intel has decided to make the transition from four to eight cores smoother, at least for the server market, by introducing a processor with no less than six cores. Codenamed Dunnington, the new server-grade six-core CPUs will utilize three 45nm Core 2 Duo parts in one die, each inner component with two cores and 3MB of L2 cache plus a beefy 16 MB shared L3 cache.
The Dunnington processors are said to be pin compatible with the Tigerton parts and have TDPs of up to 130W. Currently there’s no info about the frequencies at which they will be but we won’t have to wait too long to find out as the Dunningtons are slated for a release in the second half of the year, likely in Q3, ahead of the first Nehalem line-up.