Intel is on its way to roll out their latest 15 core Xeon E7 Ivy Bridge processor which has been designed exclusively for the high-end servers. This new processor by Intel will add up to the Intel’s Ivy Bridge-EX range which includes the flagship Xeon E7-8800 processor with 15 cores and 30 threads. So far Intel had only the 12 cores and 24 threads which were featured on the Xeon E5 based Xeon E5-2697 v2 and the Xeon E5-2695 v2 processors. The flagship chip will be introduced under the brand of Xeon E7-8800, and besides this Intel is also planning to release Xeon E7 8800/4800/2800 v2 based processors soon.
Intel has rightly named this as the Brickland platform. Not only the Intel Xeon E7 Ivy Bridge chip but all the Ivy Bridge-EX Processors will support the support ECC DDR3-1600 and DDR4-2133/2400/3200 memory configurations. They will also feature the Quick Path Interface upgraded to v1.1 for v1.0. In an 8S server configuration, the Ivy Bridge-EX Xeon E7 family will most likely support 12 TB of memory. This new chip will finally give Intel the opportunity to get closer to AMD as far as the core wars are concerned. But this only a close call, the Intel still remains a step behind AMD since their 6300 CPU has 16 cores while Intel Xeon E7 Ivy town would ship with 15 cores.