Sunnyvale (CA) – AMD said that it has successfully demonstrated its first six-core processor code-named Istanbul. The processor is still on schedule to debut in the second half of this year.

AMD can’t claim that Istanbul is the first six-core processor available and it is, in fact, quite a bit behind Intel, which unveiled its six-core Dunnington processor back in September of 2008. However, AMD can claim that, when the chip debuts, it may be the first monolithic six-core processor that will be available for dual- and quad-socket server configurations. Intel’s Dunnington (Xeon 74xx) series is targeted at MP server systems with more than two sockets

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