Intel is eyeing to release a server carrying 8-core 'Nehalem-EX' Processor in the second half of 2009 which the company says can deliver a number of new technical advancements and boost enterprise computing performance.

The Nehalem-EX processor features up to eight cores inside a single chip supporting 16 threads and 24Mb of cache, offers up to nine times the memory bandwidth of the previous-generation Intel Xeon 7400 platform.

Additionally, the chip will also doubles the memory capacity with up to 16 memory slots per processor socket, and offer four high-bandwidth QuickPath Interconnect links. Nehalem-EX will provide scalability, from large-memory two-socket systems through eight-socket systems capable of processing 128 threads simultaneously without the need for third-party chips to glue the platform together.

The company also said that Nehalem EX server processor will include a technology derived from its high-end Itanium chips such as Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Recovery which helps reducing data corruption ensuring reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS).Table 1