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Presumably by accident, Intel this week has published a list of its upcoming processors that belong to the soon-to-launch Skylake Xeon families. The names were published by Intel in a PCN, or Product Change Notification, which makes it likely that this was an accidental disclosure. In the PCN, it details that LGA3647 CPUs (which covers Xeon Phi processors and the upcoming Skylake Xeons) will have an arrow indicating which way processors should be oriented in the socket. It seems like an arbitrary PCN, just printing an arrow on a heat spreader, which makes this published list somewhat unexpected. But these names show the key parts of the Purley platforms for servers. One of the poorly kept secrets in the industry over the last few weeks is...

Intel Launches Kaby-Lake based Xeons: The E3-1200 v6 Family

For the several generations previous, it has become customary for the Xeon equivalents of consumer processors to hit the market several months later. We saw the launch of Kaby...

54 by Ian Cutress on 3/28/2017

AppliedMicro's X-Gene 3 SoC Begins Sampling: A Step in ARM's 2017 Server Ambitions

There has been a lot of recent movement in the ARM Server SoC space, with three major players. The third player, AppliedMicro, has been acquired by MACOM. MACOM has...

24 by Johan De Gelas on 3/15/2017

AMD Prepares 32-Core Naples CPUs for 1P and 2P Servers: Coming in Q2

For users keeping track of AMD’s rollout of its new Zen microarchitecture, stage one was the launch of Ryzen, its new desktop-oriented product line last week. Stage three is...

91 by Ian Cutress on 3/7/2017

Intel Launches Atom C3000 SoCs: Up to 16 Cores for NAS, Servers, Vehicles

Intel this week formally launched its Atom C3000-series processors (formerly codenamed Denverton). The new chips are designed for inexpensive storage servers, NAS applications, as well as autonomous vehicles. The...

25 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

Qualcomm Demos 48-Core Centriq 2400 Server SoC in Action, Begins Sampling

Qualcomm this month demonstrated its 48-core Centriq 2400 SoC in action and announced that it had started to sample its first server processor with select customers. The live showcase...

88 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2016

AMD Announces 7th Gen Bristol Ridge PRO APUs with Extended Support

There are a number of directions for ‘professional grade’ processors in the market, varying from embedded to long-life support to server functionality. AMD’s PRO lines of processors are akin...

26 by Ian Cutress on 10/4/2016

Early AMD Zen Server CPU and Motherboard Details: Codename ‘Naples’, 32-cores, Dual Socket Platforms, Q2 2017

At the AMD Zen microarchitecture announcement event yesterday, the lid was lifted on some of the details of AMD’s server platform. The 32-core CPU, codename Naples, will feature simultaneous...

64 by Ian Cutress on 8/18/2016

Investigating Cavium's ThunderX: The First ARM Server SoC With Ambition

Today we're taking a look at Cavium's ThunderX, a highly integrated ARMv8 server SoC with 48 cores and lots of I/O. With the ThunderX, Cavium is looking to challenge...

82 by Johan De Gelas on 6/15/2016

The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

112 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

The IBM POWER8 Review: Challenging the Intel Xeon

We recently got our hands on a S822L, an dual socket OpenPOWER server. IBM claims that this is an affordable, high performance and highly expandable alternative to the typical...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 11/6/2015

The Intel Xeon E7-8800 v3 Review: The POWER8 Killer?

The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at...

146 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2015

X-Gene 1, Atom C2000 and Xeon E3: Exploring the Scale-Out Server World

Most of our attention with servers has gone to the midrange (Xeon E5, Opteron 6300) and high-end (Xeon E7) platforms. But the low-end and micro server market is where...

47 by Johan De Gelas on 3/9/2015

Intel Haswell-EP Xeon 14 Core Review: E5-2695 V3 and E5-2697 V3

Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that...

44 by Ian Cutress on 11/20/2014

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v3 and E5-2650 v3 Review: Haswell-EP with 10 Cores

During September we managed to get hold of some Haswell-EP samples for a quick run through our testing suite. The Xeon E5 v3 range extends beyond that of the...

27 by Ian Cutress on 10/13/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

Intel Xeon E5 Version 3: Up to 18 Haswell EP Cores

Intel's new Xeon is here, and once again it has impressive specs. The 662 mm² die supports up to eighteen cores, contains two integrated memory controllers, and comes with...

84 by Johan De Gelas on 9/8/2014

AMD’s Big Bet on ARM Powered Servers: Opteron A1100 Revealed

It has been a full seven months since AMD released detailed information about its Opteron A1100 server CPU, and twenty two months since announcement. Today, at the Hot Chips...

28 by Stephen Barrett on 8/11/2014

ARM and Partners Deliver First ARM Server Platform Standard

The demise of innovator Calxeda and the excellent performance per watt of the new Intel Avoton server were certainly not good omens for the ARM server market. However, there...

15 by Johan De Gelas on 1/29/2014

It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2014

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