Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/25/istanbul_demo/
AMD lifts veil on six-core
The Road from Shanghai
AMD has demoed its upcoming six-core server processor, code-named Istanbul , claiming that it remains on track for release in the second half of this year.
The demo came hot on the heels of Intel's confirmation  that its four-core Nehalem-EP will be released by the end of this quarter, along with that company's recent detailing  of its plans for the eight-core Nehalem-EX, scheduled for release late this year.
According to AMD's director of business development for server/workstation products, John Fruehe, the demo showed  that Istanbul "is everything we had hoped for – and more."
Twenty-four cores, up and running
Istanbul will fit in the same socket 1207 that houses AMD's Shanghai Opteron processor, released last November  and will match that processor's power and thermal ranges, according to AMD. In the demo, in fact, AMD upgraded a system from Shanghai to Istanbul and "stressed" a four-socket server with all 24 cores running.
The release of Istanbul will be good news for Opteron-server users and OEMs. Just swap out the Chinese city for the Turkish one, and you increase your core count by 50 per cent. ®