Just wanted to point out: 2.6 billion transistors; that's just about the amount of transistors the power of a human brain equals to!** Could it be that sole computer systems (like one single server-processor) are beginning to match our phenomenal minds? Not trying to be overly dramatic or anything.
(**Could also be that I'm getting this long-scale to short-scale conversion wrong, pardon me if that's the case)
No seriously, Intel has been making some great progress regarding server-based hardware lately and itself awakens questions regarding the stance AMD has taken regarding Intel's "march."
With AMD being simply enormous in the server-market with its Opteron multicore-solutions, one cannot avoid to wonder whether AMD will respond to this newer line of server-CPU's with fire... or with flames.
Intel launches 10-core Xeon E7 server processors