Intel was not about to pre-announce all the feeds and speeds of its future Xeon and Itanium processors at the IEEE's International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco this week. But its chip engineers are just like all the others attending the event. They want to show off the electrical engineering marvels they have …
Anyone know when the Sandy Bridge Xeons will be available to buy? Our workstations are getting a bit long in the tooth.
I would guess it'll be available in Q3 or Q4. The high-end desktop processors, based on the same design, are supposedly slated for Q4. Intel might launch the server versions first to knock AMD's Bulldozer down a notch. That, or they could launch them after the desktop parts which has been the tradition the last few times. I'm doubting it, that would mean a launch in Q1 12 which seems a bit late.
As for the article, I highly doubt intel would be going to 28nm. Their next node is 22nm. I remember back before Nehalem-EX was released, everyone assumed it's 32nm follow-on would have 12-cores and 24-threads, not 10/20. I'm guessing intel ran into some heat/power or maybe yield issues and had to scale it back.