You're absolutely right, it's an excavator.
I had noted that it was an Excavator in the last post to use this icon. No one cared.
Would they use processors like this in servers? I ask because I work for a large company (>1200 in IT) and checking our intranet page, our top end user PC uses a Dual-core i540M (yes, a laptop - working from home promotes work/life balance). I don't see these top end CPU's being too applicable to businesses outside of maybe AutoCAD or other exceptions.
Are they used in servers? Because if not, they seemed geared toward marketing and the home enthusiast. And why would i ever need 8 cores?
If that's the question then yes. Bulldozer was designed primarily as a server part.
Derrick (Dirk) Meyer who oversaw BD's development is/was primarily server orientated.
I think you may be confusing workstation and server segments.
AMD's professional desktop/workstation segment tends to get overlooked because 1. Of Intel's stranglehold in the market (Xeon), and 2. Nvidia's stranglehold in the professional graphics sector (Quadro)
Bulldozer's dedicated server processors are Interlagos -they are 16 core.
As for why YOU would ever need 8 cores....who knows? I imagine the guys who want, or need eight cores probably wonder about why anyone would need a netbook. Without knowledge to your computing needs I wouldn't hazard a guess (and no that isn't an invitation to post your c.v.). My estimation is that if you're not sure whether you'd need eight cores, then likely you don't. (dual core thread is the next one over >>>>>>)
Once upon a time, AMD were primarily known as primarily a server part (Opteron) manufacturer. That obviously has changed, and will continue to do so now that Dirk Meyer has been given the golden handshake - but rest assured that AMD aren't happy that their share of the server market has dipped to 7%. Maybe this little item may add some enlightenment.