Intel plans to detail an eight-core Xeon processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco next month, offering an early look at what appears to be the company’s first eight-core chip.

Apparently Intel will discuss an eight-core, 16-thread Xeon processor manufactured with a 45-nanometer fabrication process.

The processor in question is likely to be the Nehalem EP processor, an upcoming chip that is designed for dual-socket servers and workstations.

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