Monday, March 9, 2015

Intel Xeon Processor D Targets Microserver, Storage, Networking

Intel launched its first Xeon processor-based system-on-chip (SoC) and its third generation of 64-bit SoC for microserver, storage, network and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Intel Xeon processor D product family, which is built on 14nm process technology, addresses low-power, high density infrastructure applications for the data center, cloud and telecommunication service providers. The SoC design combines industry standard x86 cores with two ports of integrated 10GbE Intel Ethernet and integrated I/Os (PCIe, USB, SATA and other general purpose I/Os) on a single package. It operates at a thermal design point near 20 watts and supports up to 128GB of addressable memory.

Some highlights:

  • The Intel Xeon processor D product family deliver up to 3.4x faster performance per node1 and up to 1.7x better performance per watt when compared to the Intel Atom processor C2750, part of Intel’s second-generation 64-bit SoC product family.
  • Launching 4- and 8-core microserver optimized SoCs today, with a more comprehensive portfolio of network, storage and IoT SoCs targeted for availability in the second half of this year.
  • Initial products are optimized for hosters and cloud service providers for a variety of workloads such as dedicated web hosting, memory caching, dynamic web serving and warm storage. Future storage and network optimized products will target usages such as entry SAN and NAS appliances, edge routers and wireless base stations, as well as industrial IoT devices.
  • There are more than 50 systems currently in design. Approximately 75 percent are network, storage and IoT designs. System providers currently designing microservers based on the Intel Xeon processor D family include: Cisco, HP, NEC, Quanta Cloud Technology, Sugon and Supermicro.
  • Delivers advanced server-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features, including support for error-correcting code memory, combined with enhanced hardware-based Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel Advanced Encryption Standard-New Instructions (AES-NI).

“The growth of connected devices and demand for more digital services has created new opportunities for information and communication technology,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group at Intel. “By bringing Intel Xeon processor performance to a low-power SoC, we’re delivering the best of both worlds and enabling our customers to deliver exciting new services.”

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