|Intel's ticks are tocking and they'll see to the release of the company's 6-core Dunnington processor in the second half of this year. Aimed at the server market and built on 45nm, Dunnington is set to be replaced by a new hexa-core in the first half of 2010. Skipping the Nehalem family, the new hexa-core will be part of the Westmere line-up of CPUs which will be built using the 32nm process and feature several updates over the upcoming Nehalem cores.
Set to have two QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) links, the 32nm hexa-core parts will have multi-threading support making them have 12 threads and will feature 12MB of shared L3 cache. Also equipped with a triple-channel DDR3 memory controller, the CPUs are expected to be compatible with Socket 1366 which will be introduced late this year with the server-oriented Nehalem parts