Unlike AMD, Intel Corp. has been increasing gradually the number of processing cores. Today, if we look at the flagship socket for gamers, the LGA1151, we will see the Skylake CPUs are still equipped with the 4 cores, while in the segment of servers or a high-performance platform more focused on professional (2011-3) we will see several CPUs under the Haswell-E architecture offering of 6-8 Cores, and this could change with the arrival of Cannonlake.
Intel Cannonlake-E / EP for desktops and servers will have up to 8 cores
Hillsboro, Oregon, described in his LinkedIn profile in the last two months (he or she) has been working on ‘cache coherence protocols, and High speed fabric’ of Intel for Intel SoC Cannonlake 4, 6 and 8 cores with ‘Converged coherent fabric’. Intel called the main internal interconnections (e.g last level cache, embedded DRAM) as a ‘coherent fabric’. The profile has either been removed or altered by its owner after the information be disclosed.
It seems like, the Intel Core i7 Extreme ‘Cannonlake-E’ and Intel Xeon ‘Cannonlake-EP’ will be in LCC configurations and will continue to offer up to eight cores, as do the Core i7 ‘Haswell-E ‘Xeon E5 and’ Haswell-EP ‘today. Workstations that require more cores will have to use higher-end Xeon “Cannonlake-EP” chips with medium core count (MCC). The Intel Xeon “Cannonlake-EX” will rely on silicon with high core count (HCC), which will likely exceed 32 cores.