Intel Turns Sights On ARM Server Onslaught With New Xeon D Processors
These are Intel's third generation 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions and its first Xeon-based SoCs, which are built on a 14nm manufacturing process. With these new chips, Intel is targeting various networking, cloud storage, enterprise storage, and IoT (Internet of Things) applications that operate in dense, rugged environments.
Intel says its Xeon processor D-1500 family can run the same instruction set as its more robust Xeon processors. The importance of that is maintaining software consistency from the data center to the network edge. They also hit the checklist for things like built-in hardware virtualization, x86 64-bit software support, enhanced RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) features like support for error-correcting code (ECC) memory, Intel platform storage extensions, and fast encryption and decryption.
The TDP for this initial batch of chips ranges from 35 watts to 45 watts, which brings the performance per watt to as much as 1.7 times that of Intel's Atom processor C2750-based solutions.
Intel is planning to expand its Xeon processor D family with upcoming 12-core and 16-core solutions, which it will release in the first quarter of 2016. As for the current batch, Intel says there are more than 50 designs in development that will utilize its new processors.