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January 27, 2012

Intel Plans to Deploy Romley 8-Core Sandy Bridge-E in Q1 2012

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

Designed to finally replace the outdated X58-based Tylersberg chipset platform, Intel (News - Alert) will deploy the brand new and highly innovative X79 Romley appliance “platform for workstation” on the first day of CeBIT (News - Alert), which is scheduled to take place on March 6, 2012. CeBIT is a trade fair in Hanover, Germany that displays digital IT and telecommunications solutions from a wide variety of industry thought leaders.

The X79 Romley contains Serial Attached SCSI (SAS (News - Alert)) which is, in essence, a computer bus that is utilized to move data to and from computer storage devices including hard drives and tape drives. This could potentially cause adverse effects to specialized controller vendors whose businesses typically place a large emphasis upon selling the PCIe-based SAS RAID cards, according to a recent piece.

In addition, Romley will also have the functionality needed to fully support TRIM inside RAID0 array with the new RST, virtually eliminating the requirement for SAS controllers; two more processing cores brings the grand total to 8 and 5MB of L3 cache, allowing the world to leverage octal-core processors and CPU dies with 20MB of cache and upwards. But, it is worth saying that almost no consumer applications at this time use 6 cores, so will a platform that comes with 8 really offer huge benefits? I guess we will have to wait and see.

As March will be here in less than two months, this appliance deployment could completely revolutionize the telecom market, becoming the best in class professional system currently on the market.

Recently, TMCnet had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Hudgins (News - Alert), vice president of NEI, a company that specializes in appliance deployment, about its plans for 2012. Hudgins revealed that Intel’s unveiling of Sandy Bridge-Romley will drive new design cycles in appliances. NEI will be powering lifecycle management of the Sandy Bridge-Romley chips from Intel and forecasts a strong customer demand in this area.

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Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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