Goeff - the "mythical" i7 Xeon
The i7 is based on our next generation microarchitecture (codename Nehalem). The core i7 is the desktop gamer edition and started shipping in 2008. The Xeon family of processors will move to the Nehalem microarchitecture. in fact for the 2S servers it will happen later this quarter. We are in production and are shipping product to our OEMs for their final design and validation. I can't speak about availability.
there have been a few data points on performance released and disclosed at our idf in the fall of 2008 around the capability of this product. (www.intel.com/idf )At intel, we are extremely excited about the Nehalem product introduction (Xeon 5500 series) and i wish i could talk more about it but we are still under non-disclosure for this product.
These new Xeon servers will be positioned for a wide range of application usages from performance hungry technical computing to general purpose enterprise to small business based servers. We expect wide availability from our OEMs with designs when we introduce later this quarter.
In summary, your customer is waiting for something that is real and on the way in less than 6 months and we think it will be truly "magical" for all intel-based customers.